Syd­ney ferry is named Ferry McFer­ry­face

Irish Examiner - - World News -

The last of a new fleet of Syd­ney Har­bour fer­ries will be chris­tened Ferry McFer­ry­face — Syd­ney’s sec­ond most pop­u­lar choice af­ter the now fa­mous jokey moniker Boaty McBoat­face.

Of­fi­cials over­ruled the trend-set­ting favourite name that was re­jected by Bri­tish of­fi­cials last year as the name of a new po­lar sur­vey ves­sel, New South Wales min­is­ter for trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture Andrew Con­stance said.

The Bri­tish ves­sel was ul­ti­mately chris­tened David At­ten­bor­ough in hon­our of the nat­u­ral­ist and broad­caster, al­though one of its re­motely op­er­ated sub­marines was named Boaty McBoat­face. “Given ‘Boaty’ was al­ready taken by an­other ves­sel, we’ve gone with the next most pop­u­lar name nom­i­nated by Syd­neysiders,” Mr Con­stance said.

“Ferry McFer­ry­face will be the har­bour’s new­est icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike,” he added.

Ferry McFer­ry­face joins the ranks of Trainy McTrain­face, a Swedish ex­press train, and Horsey McHorse­face, a Syd­ney race­horse, af­ter an in­ter­na­tional on­line trend started by a sug­ges­tion from a for­mer BBC ra­dio host.

Syd­ney res­i­dents have been en­cour­aged for the past year to name the six new fer­ries through the Name Your Ferry web­site and more than 15,000 re­sponded.

The re­main­der have been named af­ter Syd­ney Abo­rig­ines Bun­ga­ree and Pemul­wuy and Aus­tralian doc­tors Vic­tor Chan, Cather­ine Ham­lin and Fred Hol­lows.

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