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).
USS Washington the only American battleship to sink an enemy battleship (IJN Kirishima) during World War II in a "one on one" combat - at night. This great warship is the second of North Carolina-class.