I'll give a shout out to the navalwarfare blog for today's post on the USS Brooklyn (the pre-dreadnought CA-3, although the next Brooklyn also had history of note). The Brooklyn played a key role in the Span-Am war, and looked cool to boot. I have modeled the base hull for her (dating back 10 years ago) and while I got the tumblehome about right I'm still not sure how to mount the wing turrets on her.
Lots of cool pictures c1898 at the blog, both of the ship from a distance plus on board activities. Past entries cover ships (mostly of the USN) over the last 100+ years. Well worth a look.