Say hello to Sydney’s new ‘Ferry McFerryface’
In the grand tradition of Britain’s Boaty McBoatface, Australian authorities are christening one of the ferries crossing Sydney’s world famous harbor Ferry McFerryface, but some union workers aren’t amused.
The New South Wales state government announced the name for one of its six new ferries on Tuesday after a public vote, with Transport Minister Andrew Constance deeming it “one for the kids.”
Ferry McFerryface was actually the second choice in the Australian poll, behind Boaty McBoatface, the name also chosen by the British public in a 2016 vote to name a new polar research vessel.
The British government overturned that vote, instead naming the vessel after leading naturalist David Attenborough, but failed to stem an Internet craze that led to temporary copycats like Trainy McTrainface and Firey McFireface.
The name Boaty McBoatface eventually went to a research vessel on board the David Attenborough.
Australian authorities said they planned to comply with the public vote, albeit passing on Boaty as the first choice, given the lack of originality.
“Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike,” Constance said in a statement.
But the country’s Maritime Union, whose members staff the ferry fleet, failed to see the funny side.