A slap in the McFerryface
he community has spoken,” claims Transport Minister Andrew Constance, referring to a public poll that named Sydney’s latest ferry “Ferry McFerryface”.
But some voices speak louder, and more sensibly, than others. For the sake of his union members’ dignity, the Maritime Union of Australia’s Paul Garrett says they simply won’t crew the new vessel. “Give it a proper name and we’ll work it,” he declared. “Give it a stupid name and it can stay at the shipyard.”
He has a point. An internet meme has no business becoming such a significant part of Sydney’s transport system. Memes may be fun, but they’re of the moment. This ferry will be around, hopefully, for decades.
And what if it isn’t around for decades? What if it becomes involved in a tragic accident?
Those who emerge from disasters at sea are generally known by the title of their vessel; they are “survivors of the Titanic”, for example.
“Survivors of Ferry McFerryface” doesn’t have the same solemnity to it. Quite the opposite.