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Sydney to Name Commuter Boat Ferry McFerryface

Image by Transport for NSW

The legend of Boaty McBoatface lives on in Sydney, Australia, bringing a smile to commuters’ faces.

For the uninitiated, Boaty McBoatface was the original name chosen for the RRS Sir David Attenborough, a British polar research vessel. Once announced for construction, the team asked the public to name the boat in a 2016 #NameOurShip contest. When a BBC Jersey radio presenter suggested Boaty McBoatface, the public latched onto it, and it won by a landslide.

However, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made it known they would have the final say over the ship’s name. When Boaty McBoatface was the clear popular winner, they decided that it should have another name, instead dubbing the submersibles of the newly minted RRS Sir David Attenborough Boaty McBoatface.

But Sydney, Australia residents haven’t forgotten the sad tale of Boaty McBoatface, and have decided to name one of the city’s newest ferries Ferry McFerryface.

Ferry McFerryface is only one in a fleet of new vessels that have been introduced to the city. Thus far, there have been 15,000 names suggested, with three of the new ferries given the names of prominent Australians.

“Ferry McFerryface is so typically Australian. Take something that the UK did well and make it lame. It’s how we got Spicks and Speck,” said an anonymous Aussie Twitter user.

Some Sydney residents found the name to be “childish,” but most are pretty excited by its new moniker.

Boaty McBoatface was actually the most popular choice amongst Sydney residents, but the council said they would have to go with the second most popular choice.

“Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders. Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike. This one’s for the kids,” said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance.

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