Sydney's new ferry named Ferry McFerryface


NSW Public Transport recently ran a "Name Your Ferry" competition, which they were no doubt hoping would inspire a similar level of excitement and meme-worthiness as the similar United Kingdom competition. The actual victor of the online poll was "Boaty McBoatface", which became an internet hit when the name was chosen by a similar poll for a British scientific research vessel.

Ferry McFerryface is officially the name of new ferry in Sydney Harbour.

More than 15,000 submissions were offered to an online competition to name six new vessels to be added to Sydney harbour's ferry fleet. "This one is for the kids".

The gag is becoming a common theme since the British ship got its name.

The name is a variation on a joke that began with a similar competition for a British research vessel past year.

But the UK's Natural Environment Research Council decided not to use the name, instead choosing instead "Sir David Attenborough".

Ferry McFerryFace was the second most popular choice, with the most votes actually going to the name Boaty McBoatface.

That was the name Australia's new ferry would have also borne, based on vote totals alone.

The Boaty McBoatface legacy has spread worldwide, with an express train in Sweden named Trainy McTrainface earlier this year and a team at Sydney's Warwick Farm racecourse naming their horse Horsey McHorseface last year.

Three other ferries in the fleet will bear the names of distinguished locals-an opthamologist, a heart surgeon, and an obstetrician-and their legacies will be honored by carrying up to 400 passengers through the inner harbor alongside Ferry McFerryface.