Dec 132011
Bobcat Cat loader S 175

Bobcat S175 Skid Steer Loader










Manufacturer: Bobcat- West Fargo, North Dakota

Model: V2203-M-DI

Engine: 42 hp

Weight: 6220 lbs

Load Rating: 1,750 lbs

Fuel Capacity: 24 gal diesel

Max Speed: 11 mph

Cost: ~ $20,000

Trivia: The term “Skid Steer” comes from the fact that the tires don’t turn to steer the vehicle, but instead turning is achieved by running the wheels  on each side at different speeds or directions.  This also means that the skid steer loader can turn in circles without moving forward or backward.

Dec 082011

USS Ward (DD-139)

Country:United States

Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard

Class: Wickes-class Destroyer

Commissioned: 24 July 1918

Re-commissioned: January 15, 1941

Displacement :1,267 tons

Length: 314 ft

Propulsion:  2 x geared turbines

Speed: 35 knots

Compliment: 231

Armament: 4 inch (100mm)/55 caliber guns (4), 3 inch (76mm)/50 caliber anti-aircraft guns (2)

21 inch(530 mm) torpedo tubes (12)

Trivia:  On December 7, 1941, the Ward was patrolling outside of Pearl Harbor when she encountered a Japanese mini-submarine. At first,  the captain was going to ram the conning tower of the sub, but then decided to fire instead and sunk the sub.  Those shots were the first American shots in WWII.  Three years later, on December 7th, 1944, the Ward was sunk by a Kamikaze.

USS Ward 4 inch Gun at Minnesota State Capitol