Australians vote to name Sydney Harbour boat Ferry McFerryface

Phil Noble  Reuters                   The sum of the UK Government's love for its people

Last year Transport NSW started a public competition last year in Sydney, Australia, to name their latest ferry.

Fortunately Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance sees the Name Your Ferry competition as a hilarious success.

"It was amusing when the Brits proposed Boaty McBoatface".

"Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we've gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders", he said.

They certainly weren't expecting that they would have to name the new vessel something ludicrous like Ferry McFerryface.

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. It was still amusing when the Swedes used Trainy McTrainface.

Boaty McBoatface topped the competition's standings, but in a game punt for originality New South Wales Public Transport opted for second place - the inspired Ferry McFerryface.

In fact, the most votes went to the name Boaty McBoatface, the title Britons voted to call a new research vessel previous year and that was turned down by the government.

Here's to hoping Ferry McFerryface lives a longer life along the waters of Sydney Harbour.

And while "Boaty McBoatface" actually received the highest number of votes, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it was avoided in order to prevent a duplicate after a United Kingdom research vessel was dubbed with the same namesake in 2016.

While Boaty won the overwhelming majority with 124,000 votes, Science Minister Jo Johnson was not so keen on the title and made a decision to name it after Sir David Attenborough instead.

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