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)
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.
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
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 .
For those asking about Captain Brian O'Brian .... I made a TV do***entary 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