I suspect a good part of the problem was in assigning the first batch to all one yard, Bethlehem Quincy Although all of the first eight were ordered between July and September 1940, only the first five had a considerable amount of wartime service.
The repeat Baltimore's were not even ordered until Guadalcanal day 7 August 1942, and I believe only Chicago saw any combat in the closing days of the war.
Contrast this to the Cleveland's average build time of two years.
New York Ship was far better equipped to build large numbers and faster than any other yard producing heavies or lights.
It is my opinion that the treaty heavies were nearly useless in the waters off Guadalcanal, and would have been better to employ them in the Atlantic, while sending all the Brooklyn's to the Pacific.
As someone pointed out rapidity of fire and weight of metal (a field artillery term) matters, and that is doubly so in the battles for Guadalcanal.
: Considering war losses at beginning of war why
: so few heavy cruisers being added to the USN
: WW2 fleet? Was it resources and economy or
: doctrine and tactic change?