What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it’s a Sydney ferry.

Sydney’s newest ferry has finally been named after an online poll and it’s fair to say not everyone is feeling the love.

The public were invited to submit their ideas for names for the new fleet of six inner harbour ferries.

More than 15,000 Sydneysiders gave their suggestions. The first five ferries carry the names of prominent Indigenous Australians Bungaree and Pemulwuy, heart surgeon Victor Chang, eye surgeon Fred Hollows and obstetrician Catherine Hamlin.

So far so good – but it is the sixth vessel which has sent transport bosses into choppy waters.

The whole UK ‘Boaty McBoatface’ episode last year should have been a good predictor of what may happen here. So good in fact that when it came to our final ferry – the most nominated name turned out to be… drum roll please – “Boaty McBoatface”.

Boaty was ruled out as the name is taken so they opted for the next most popular pick – which has delivered us “Ferry McFerryface”.

Transport Minister Andrew 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.”

Not everyone is smiling – online the ABC dubbed the name a “stale, unimaginative insult”, Twitter is awash with outrage and indignation, while the¬†Maritime Union says workers are so angry they won’t work on the ferry until it is given a new name.

But plenty of people like the name – they voted for it. Whether it’s cool or cringeworthy is still open for debate but it does go to show a little fun can leave some people ferry unimpressed.

Ferry McFerryface
Sydney’s newest ferry – ‘Ferry McFerryface”. Image courtesy Transport for NSW

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