Ferry McFerryface Is The Newest Addition To Sydney's Public Transport

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Sydney has brought a dead joke back to life in order to name a new ferry "Ferry McFerryface".

But it seems that is exactly what has happened.

"Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we've gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders", said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, the ABC reported.

But "this one is for the kids" Mr Constance reiterated on Monday.

'We asked Sydney to name their new ferries and we have listened.

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.

Nearly unbelievably, the most popular name was actually Boaty McBoatface.

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More than 15,000 suggestions were made in the Name Your Ferry competition and three of the six new ferries have already been picked by voters: Victor Chang (Australian heart surgeon), Fred Hollows (ophthalmologist) and Catherine Hamlin (obstetrician).

In the United Kingdom where the public voted for Boaty McBoatface, the Natural Environment Research Council decided not to use the name and instead chose "Sir David Attenborough".

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

The new ferry will be named Fery McFerryface, which was actually the second most voted for.

The title was shut down, in the end, and given to a small research submarine instead.

Ferry McFerryface is part of Sydney's new, modern ferry fleet that will carry 400 passengers, have Wi-Fi, and advanced facilities for the disabled.

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