An internet contest decided on the name “Boaty McBoatface” for a boat in the U.K. in 2016. Now, The Steamship Authority in Massachusetts could be following in its footsteps as it looks for name suggestions for two ferries.
Steamship Authority, however, is hoping for a slightly more local name.
“Ferry names that embody the ‘local flavor and/or maritime history’ of Cape Cod and the Islands are requested,” the organization said.
The website states that vessel names “cannot include any trademarks, corporate branding, logos or copyright infringements.” And that the final decision on the new name will rest with the Authority Board.
Name suggestions are allowed until Sept. 5.
Some of the suggested vessel names will then be shared at the Authority’s Port Council meeting on Sept. 13. The final name will then be voted on during a meeting on Sept. 27.
The two ferries are expected to begin operating in the summer of 2023.
It’s free to enter and if your name suggestion is chosen, you’d win one of two $250 SSA gift cards, which are “good to use for travel or parking.” You would also get to help welcome the vessels into service, according to the website.