Friday, 17 November, 2017

Sydney harbour boat to be named Ferry McFerryface following public vote

Ferry Mc Ferryface and Boaty McBoatface Ferry Mc Ferryface and Boaty McBoatface
Laurie Berry | 14 November, 2017, 01:54

So when NSW Transport officials asked the public to name the last of Sydney's new harbour ferries, they expected the 15,000 punters sending in submissions to come up with something pretty unique.

The ferry is one of a new fleet to be put to use in Sydney, and joins a trend of copycats since last year's United Kingdom vote - including a Swedish train named Trainy McTrainface and a racehorse, also from Sydney, called Horsey McHorseface.

The New South Wales government's public transport body announced on Monday night that the label has officially been picked as the name for its newest ferry after it was deemed one of the most popular from a public competition voted on by hundreds of Sydneysiders.

The name is a variation on a joke that began with a similar competition for a British research vessel past year.

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"Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we've gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders", Mr Constance said.

Sydney, home of Australia's busy ferry fleet, is getting a new addition and the name of the new vessel will likely keep its passengers smiling during every trip it makes.

The name "Boaty McBoatface" comes from a public poll the Natural Environment Research Council put to the people of Britain in 2016 to name a $342 million research vessel.

Three of the six ferries have been named for distinguished local residents who include a heart surgeon and an obstetrician. Welcome to Sydney, Ferry McFerryFace. Since then, an express train in Sweden was reportedly named Trainy McTrainface and a racehorse in Sydney was named Horsey McHorseface a year ago.

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