Ive been lucky to have sailed on both steam and motor. I enjoyed motor more as there was always something to do or watch while watchkeeping.
On one motorship (Cretic) we did a complete trip around the world without a breakdown and after some six months when a light ship we had to stop after the CW pump sucked a heap of herrings coming up the English Channel to clean the oil and water coolers on both engines..
However on the Waipawa it was a different story but what could be expected after 38 years of hard life which included WW2. It was how many days we could run between breakdowns But in all she was a good ship.
No I would have really been at home there been a ship with Triple Expansion and Scotch boilers simular to those I work on the W C Daldy. Simple and hard working.