Say hello to Syd­ney’s new ‘Ferry McFer­ry­face’

Global Times - - Mosaic -

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.

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