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Voters have been foiled in their bid to have a new ferry named Boaty McBoatface, despite the moniker winning another public poll.

New South Wales government officials have announced the Sydney Harbour vessel will instead be named Ferry McFerryface, which was the second favourite option among the 15,000 people who voted.

The overruling comes 18 months after Boaty’s first snub, with science minister Jo Johnson defying the British public’s will for a £200m polar research ship to be given the title.

It was later decided that it would be named after Sir David Attenborough and Boaty McBoatface was the name given to one of its remotely operated submarines.

Andrew Constance, New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, said he hoped McFerryface would still prove a popular choice.

“This one if for the kids,” he said, adding: “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

Ferry McFerryface is one of six boats in a new Sydney Harbour fleet, with others named after Australian doctors Victor Chan, Catherine Hamlin and Fred Hollows, and prominent Aborigines Bungaree and Pemulwuy.

The city already boasts a racehorse with a jokey Mc-moniker, Horsey McHorseface.

Elsewhere, in July, a train running between the cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg was named Trainy McTrainface.

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