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Startup: All For The Want of a Horseshoe Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Small bits of metal are easy to overlook as being “technology” – they’ve been around for so long that we don’t think of things like the above pictured cotter pin (or split pin in the UK) as being technology. They’re easy to ignore, until you need one that is. Like the parable of the missing horseshoe nail, a missing cotter pin can be disastrous. Just ask BC Ferries about the Queen of Oak Bay, one of their largest vessels that crashed while entering the Horseshoe Bay terminal in 2005. The cotter pin on the bolt that connects the engine speed control to the fuel rack went MIA, causing the bridge to lost control over the engine speed. The captain made the decision to steer the ferry away from the terminal itself (and the people on it) and instead plowed into 24 privately owned boats in the neighboring marina. Video after the jump.

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