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The ‘Warship’ Made From Plastic Bottles

The oceans have a lot of trash in them.

First there was Boaty McBoatface, and now, there is that silly ship’s environmentally-conscious cousin, what you might call Boaty McBottleface.

The ship was built on a Cornish beach as part of a campaign by activist organization Surfers Against Sewage to raise awareness about plastic waste in our oceans. It was created using thousands of single-use, disposable plastic bottles that were collected after they washed up along the British coastline. The craft, which is meant to be seen, not sailed, weighs multiple tons and comes complete with faux cannons and a satellite dish.

And while many have immediately taken to dubbing the installation “Boaty McBottleface,” it’s real name the “Waste Warship.” For now, there aren’t any plans to send the plastic dreadnaught out into open waters, since the last thing the ocean needs is more trash in it. Even if its intentions are good.