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There's Some Seriously Messy Drama After Australia Named A Boat "Ferry McFerryFace"

An industry source told BuzzFeed News the name would only serve to dilute the history of Sydney Harbour.

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Only a day after it was announced a new Sydney ferry would be named "Ferry McFerryFace" an industry source from the Maritime Union of Australia has told BuzzFeed News staff will refuse to work on any vessel with that name.

"We're in talks currently to just leave the ferry by the wharf and run the daily service without it," said the source.

"This will just dilute the iconic history of Sydney Harbour. Everyone remembers the Macarena and Tamagotchis but in 20 to 30 years the joke isn't going to be funny anymore."

Previously ferries have been named after iconic Australians or indigenous leaders.

Hundreds of Sydneysiders put forward naming suggestions for a new fleet of Sydney ferries and the most popular names were "Boaty McBoatface" and "Ferry McFerryFace." Twitter gave yesterday's announcement mixed reviews.

"Three people died and several more have been injured following an accident involving Ferry McFerryFace"

As if our parliament wasn’t shameful enough. Ferry McFerryface is deeply embarrassing. Beam me up to New Zealand. 😞

I mainly just think about this name being read out in news reports in the event of some ferry accident.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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