Yes John she was on Charter to Seaboard, along with her sister ship the Kamano. Malahat was originally called the Pacific Lumberman. Lovely accommodations but the Pielsticks were a nightmare for the engineers. I was 2nd Lecky on her.
Would have to agree about the Pielsticks, crankcase explosions, broken crankshafts,also it was no holiday for the 3rd Engineer.Those Hedemora generators were a nightmare.Sailed on both these ships as 4th Engineer between 1983-85.
Sailed on her as 5th Engineer the first trip after Jardines took her over. Joined in dry dock in Chiba, she was a right mess. The yard overhauled on of the Hedemora's and it nearly destroyed itself when they ran it up! Had to shut off the fuel to stop it!!
The compressor discharge lines were full of carbon which kept falling back into the valves and hanging them up. Leaking ballast valves made her very unstable.
She went to some great ports, I loved Vancouver, but I have to confess I was very to pay off that vessel.
I was R/O on Malahat, 8 Aug 1983 to 29 Jan 1984, my first ICSN trip. Joined at Tilbury. The entire time onboard we only had one Pielstick. The other with broken crankshaft was being dismantled by a shore gang during one round trip, then removed via No.11 Hatch on return to Tilbury. It was due to be returned after repair next voyage. I paid off at Van BC. Remember spending days struggling through Tehuantepec in a gale.