Syd­ney ferry named Ferry McFer­ry­face: the joke ar­riv­ing late at Cir­cu­lar Quay

The Guardian Australia - - News - Chloe Wat­son

Syd­ney has come late to the party. The last of Syd­ney’s new in­ner-har­bour fer­ries will be chris­tened Ferry McFer­ry­face and re­ac­tion has been … mixed.

More than 15,000 sug­ges­tions were made for the com­pe­ti­tion to name the six new in­ner-har­bour fer­ries. “This one is for the kids,” said the New South Wales trans­port min­is­ter, An­drew Con­stance.

Show­ing a joke is never too old, vot­ers were more keen for the ferry to be named Boaty McBoat­face, the name cho­sen by vot­ers in the UK when they were asked to name a new po­lar re­search ship. But the Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment Re­search Coun­cil de­cided not to use the name, in­stead choos­ing Sir David At­ten­bor­ough. (The name Boaty McBoat­face was saved for a robot sub­ma­rine car­ried on the re­search ship.)

Con­stance re­jected the ferry’s new name, on the grounds that he wanted to avoid a dou­ble-up.

Ferry McFer­ry­face joins a string of ob­jects chris­tened with friv­o­lous names. This year an ex­press train in Swe­den was dubbed Trainy McTrain­face and, in Syd­ney, there is race­horse called Horsey McHorse­face.

Twit­ter users also had some strong feel­ings about the de­ci­sion, de­spite it be­ing de­cided by a pub­lic vote.

Mar­itime staff have since re­fused to work on Ferry McFer­ry­face.

In an in­ter­view on 2GB Ra­dio, the as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of the Syd­ney branch, Paul Gar­rett, said he was ap­palled by the de­ci­sion.

“He’s tak­ing the ab­so­lute mickey out of pub­lic trans­port in this state,” he said.

“Syd­ney Fer­ries has had an iconic his­tory with Syd­ney Har­bour and are named af­ter iconic beaches and iconic Olympians. The work­ers are just frus­trated with it.”

The new in­ner-har­bour ves­sels have ca­pac­ity for about 400 pas­sen­gers. The fer­ries fea­ture wifi, des­ig­nated bi­cy­cle stor­age ar­eas and charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tronic de­vices.

Syd­ney Fer­ries has an­nounced plans to name a ferry Ferry McFer­ry­face. Pho­to­graph: Syd­ney Fer­ries

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