The historic Brayford Pool in Lincoln should be renamed Lincoln Harbour, according to the city's harbour master.
Keith van Bergen revealed his idea during talks about the progress of future plans for moorings on the Brayford.
His suggestion, raised at a Brayford Business Forum meeting, pays homage to the inland harbour's ancient heritage.
Mr van Bergen told the Echo: "I said at the meeting quite clearly that I personally would love to see it renamed as Lincoln Harbour."
Michael Armstrong, events manager at Lincoln Business Improvement Group, said: "Personally, I think the name should stick to what it is because people are familiar with it and it's been Brayford Pool for many, many years. Everyone is entitled to have ideas and opinions but Lincoln Harbour does not float my boat.
City councillor Neil Murray, who represents Carholme ward and is a director of the Brayford Trust, said discussions are ongoing about replacing all the old moorings with new ones, including visitor berths as part of the regeneration of the area.
"Renaming the Brayford Pool as Lincoln Harbour is an interesting idea but I doubt the name will ever change because of its history," he said.