25 of the cleverest submissions in B.C. Ferries' naming contest

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B.C. Ferries is feeling the effects of a social media faux pas – asking for suggestions for the name of a new ferry from an audience of fed-up customers.

The ferry naming contest began Tuesday afternoon when B.C. Ferries announced the award of $500 to whoever could come up with the best names for three Intermediate Class ferries which will be added to the company fleet. But the ensuing results were expectantly not what B.C. Ferries had in mind.

Taking the opportunity to deliver criticism to the company, customers sunk the contest under a tidal wave of hilarious and unlikely names, poking fun at fare increases, corporate greed and the B.C. government. While many of the names give an entertaining read, they won’t be considered in the contest due to somewhat strict naming criteria.

For example, B.C. Ferries warned participants to regard the following rules:

  • Names should reflect BC Ferries and the coastal communities it serves
  • Names should appeal to both residents and visitors
  • Names should be gender neutral and easy to spell
  • Names should not be geography specific or reference an individual or event
  • Names should not contain symbols or accent marks
  • Names should not contain words currently used within a BC Ferries vessel name or vessel class name (i.e. QUEEN, SPIRIT, ISLAND, etc.).

Some also criticized the prize of $500, a measly sum when taken into account the cost of travelling on the provincial ferry routes. “500$? So one round trip with a family then…” one person commented on the company’s Facebook post.

Nevertheless, it is clear how the ferries would be named if British Columbians really had their way.

25 of the best proposed names for B.C. Ferries’ new vessels:

  1. Spirit of The WalletSucker
  2. HMCS Enterprise
  3. MV Corporate Pork
  4. Queen of No Other Choice
  5. The Spirit of Unfettered Capitalism
  6. Queen of the Cash Cow
  7. The Queen of Transit Monopoly
  8. HMS Overdraft
  9. The Floating Crapsickle
  10. Coastal Fair Hike
  11. The Christy Clark Ark
  12. Queen of I should of been a bridge
  13. Spirit of Government Ineptitude
  14. The costal calamity
  15. Royal Docksitter
  16. Coastal Complainer
  17. The Coastal Corruption
  18. Coastal Cafeteria
  19. Spirit of Bad WiFi
  20. HMS Cantafford
  21. Queen of infinite fare increases
  22. Coastal Why Do You Need A Friggin’ Gift Shop You’re A Ferry
  23. MV Sailing Wait
  24. Spirit of Good Luck Getting Home to Your Family On a Long Weekend
  25. Queen of the Damned

The contest is open now until June 9. B.C. Ferries states on their website that a group of 12 judges will convene to name the top three choices and the final decision will be made by the Ferries’ Executive Management Committee. They suggest the best names should “reflect local values and culture, as well as BC Ferries’ role in operating a safe and reliable world-class fleet of vessels. ”

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