HMS Hood, The largest battlecruiser ever built, she famously confirmed the fundamental flaw in the concept when she came up against the modern German battleship Bismarck in May being fatally vulnerable to heavy calibre plunging fire.
US Battleships Comparisons - Look at the length of Iowa! 887 feet long :) North Carolina was 729 feet long. HMS Hood was 860 feet long. Reason for Battleship length = space for boilers, streamlined hull = knots :) Compare North Carolina knots).