These hilariously strange ship names are making waves.
The internet is going wild over the weird and funny names of boats stuck in the Suez Canal jam — including vessels such as Nautical Deborah, Thor Courage, and just plain Chris.
“I think I’ve found the best ship name ever,” one observer tweeted with a screen grab of Nautical Deborah’s data point marker in the clogged waterway.
“I assume it’s like racehorses and her parents had those words in their names?” another user quipped.
The monikers of other stranded ships make Boaty McBoatface sound elegant — including Energy Centurion, Shakedog, and Bulk Venus, others tweeted.
Dozens of ships became stuck in the maritime traffic jam earlier this week when the 1,300-foot-long Ever Given became wedged diagonally in the canal in a northern section of the Red Sea near Egypt.
The accident prompted some observers to take a deep dive into ship names in the area, using apps and websites that show vessels registered through a GPS system.
“HELP I CAN’T STOP LOOKING UP SHIP NAMES,” another user quipped.
The mix of vessels stuck near the canal includes 41 bulk carriers, dozens of tankers — and at least one Russian warship.
Less distinguished gems of the sea also include the Friendship Express, Svitzer Bootle and Lunchbox, according to an international database of ship names.
The weird nautical names may be linked to the location of two major international ship registration centers in Nigeria and the Marshall Islands — potentially causing language-barrier-related name quirks, an expert told The Post.
Many companies name ships after Greek figures, such Thor and Venus, then toss in a second word to distinguish it from other vessels they own, said Burchenal Green, President of the National Maritime Historical Society.
“In this case, there was probably another ship named Venus, and the company wanted to show that this one was different — a bulk ship,” Green said.
Hence slightly-off-sounding ships such as Bulk Venus and Thor Courage are born.
But what of Nautical Deb?
“My guess is that’s the first name of the wife of the shipping company owner,” she said.