If you are talking about the Wickes class of 1917 flush-decked, four-stackers, they had a very large turning radius, tended to squat at speed, were extremely wet forward in any kind of seaway, and if I recall, had excessive roll. They were also hampered by short cruising range.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood and Earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned these defended;
And saved the sum of things for pay.