Sinking of the RMS Tayleur

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. White Star Line Project name : RMS Tayleur Project type : Passenger ship Date : 1854 (filed under historical failures) Cost : Unknown Synopsis : The sinking of the White Star Line's Titanic on her first voyage is one of the world's classic disaster stories. What few people know is that the Titanic was not the first passenger liner sailing under the White St...
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British Rail – Advanced Passenger Train

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. British Rail - UK Project name : Advanced Passenger Train (APT) Project type : Design and development of high speed trains Date : 1981 (filed under historical failures) Cost : £50M (1981 costs estimated) – £150M (2012 inflation adjusted cost) Synopsis : With the goal of decreasing travel times between the UK's major cities, in the 1970's the then publicly o...
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De Havilland Comet

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. De Havilland Aircraft - UK Project name : Comet Project type : Commercial aircraft design and development Date : 1949-1954 (filed under historical failures) Cost : Unknown Synopsis : Developed in the late 1940's, the de Havilland Comet was the first jet airliner to enter commercial service. A technological leap forward, the Comet ushered in the jet ...
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Swedish Navy

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. Swedish Navy Project name : Vasa Project type : Military vessel design and development Date : 1628 (filed under historical failures) Cost : Unknown Synopsis : The Swedish Navy's new flagship sinks on its maiden voyage after completing less than 1 nautical mile. Due to the ship being top heavy a gust of wind was able to capsize the ship resulting in the ...
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Bristol Aeroplane Company

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. Bristol Aeroplane Company - UK Project name : Bristol Brabazon Project type : Aircraft design and development Date : 1949 (filed under historical failures) Cost : £12M (1949 costs) - £350M (2012 inflation adjusted cost) Synopsis : Project failure is by no means a new phenomena. The mistakes that lead to today's failed projects are mistakes than have been ma...
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Tacoma Narrows

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. Washington State - USA Project name : Tacoma Narrows Project type : Suspension bridge Date : 1940 (filed under historical failures) Cost : $6.4M in 1940 - $105M adjusted to 2012 costs Synopsis : If you are putting together a list of failed projects from the history books it would be hard to ignore the Tacoma Narrows bridge. At the time of its opening in sum...
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