Brian O'brian

John Ringrose
19th June 2008, 13:59
I'm sure I found a picture of Brian but cannot find it again now. Was Brian Old Man on the ACL Causeway / Conveyor ever ?

I'm sure I sailed with him but cannot remember when it was.

Philthechill
19th June 2008, 14:24
John! Salaams! I've just looked in my Discharge Book and Brian's signature is there for the voyage dated above.
I don't know if you know, or not, but he was lost at sea during some horrific weather in the Bay when he was (presumably) delivering a ship.
If you put Brian O'Brian in the search facility you will see two entries one is yours and the other is under a heading about the container ships. Sparkie2182 put some gen about Brian's loss on there. Cheers, Phil(Hippy)

Nova Scotian
19th June 2008, 16:37
I'm sure I found a picture of Brian but cannot find it again now. Was Brian Old Man on the ACL Causeway / Conveyor ever ?

I'm sure I sailed with him but cannot remember when it was.

Hi:

I sailed, as 2/0, under Captain Brian O'Brien on the Atlantic Conveyor a number of times. I believe he was bagman master between the Conveyor and the Causeway for quite a while. I have a discharge signed by him dated September 26, 1972. He was also master when I left the Conveyor in August, 1973.

Brian was a colourful character and his arrival for the second part of my hitch called for a different approach as to how the job was done. John "Coops" Cooper was the C/O and I often wondered what became of him.

Cheers

John Ringrose
24th June 2008, 16:27
Isn't it surprising how we never hear these things. No I didn't know he was lost at sea. Will have read up on it.

Need to check my discharge book on when I ssailed with him but think it must have been Causeway or Conveyor.

John Ringrose
26th June 2008, 14:59
Phil - can't find the info re Brian that Sparkie put on - for some reason when I search I only get mine. Sure I saw a pic on here somehwere too.

sparkie2182
27th June 2008, 00:10
john...........

captain brian o'brian was lost at sea on New years eve in the late 1970s/early 80s in biscay as master of a ship called the "mark" sailing from the fal to italy loaded with china clay, as i remember.
he was from freckleton, near blackpool, and his death was announced by Stuart Hall (of "its a knockout" fame) on the local n.w. regional news service of the b.b.c

a sad loss.........

hope this brings you up to speed............

best regards.............

John Ringrose
27th June 2008, 10:13
Thanks for that info. Good guy - was it an accident did they find out?

I knew there was a photo of him somewhere even though when you put his name in it doesn't register it. I finally found it under Maihar - pic of him with Derek Roger.

sparkie2182
27th June 2008, 14:17
sorry john.........


i should have made it clear that the ship was lost in a particularly bad blow..............


my apologies.

John Ringrose
3rd July 2008, 13:23
Thanks for the clarification - such a gent - so preumably he had left Cunard then then or was it under charter to Cunard.

What a terrible way to end. I asked the previous question as you never know what happens to people - as I recounted about Ben Lyon on the Mahout so pleased that was cleared up Thanks.

John Ringrose
3rd July 2008, 13:33
Thanks for the clarification - such a gent - so presumably he had left Cunard then or was it under charter to Cunard.

What a terrible way to end. I asked the previous question as you never know what happens to people - as I recounted about Ben Lyon on the Mahout so pleased that was cleared up Thanks.

Derek Roger
5th July 2008, 20:17
Deeply sadened to hear of Brians loss at sea . I sailed on Brocklebanks Mahsud with him when we were on charter to Mitsui .
There is a photo of Brian and I in my pictures for those who may wish to view .

Regards Derek

old hack
8th August 2018, 11:46
For those asking about Captain Brian O'Brian .... I made a TV documentary in 1986 about the loss of The Mark - a china clay coaster skippered by Captain O'Brian. She left Plymouth for Italy on Dec 17th 1981 and was never seen again. There were rumours in the press that The Mark was lost in the same area as The Union Star and the Penlee Lifeboat which is why we decided to try and solve the mystery. From coastguard data we traced many items of wreckage which came ashore and using expert analysis we proved that she sank in an area off Ushant around the 19th December 1981. Our expert, plus coastguard data gave a search area off Ushant and, in the end, we showed she sank about 50 miles west of the island. It was a very poignant and sad project but at least it brought a little comfort for the families of the 6 crew. There should be a copy of my film in the film archive held at Plymouth University. The programme title was "The ship that died alone" and was made by Televisison South West Ltd