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Subject: BASIL BRUSH AND THE NAVY
Date: Fri, 07 May 2004 04:48:25 +0100
I joined FOX when she was building in Lowestoft, as the Petty Officer Writer and Captain's Secretary. My children loved Basil Brush, so I suggested that we should adopt the character as the ship's mascot. I wrote to the BBC, and got a very swift response. A group of us were invited down to the Television Centre to watch the recording of the show on completion of which we presented the show with a ship's crest. We also invited them to visit the ship which they did. This was, as I recall, _after_ commissioning. They descended on us for a day (Ray Butt was the "fixer") and filmed some scenes. In one of these I had to stand behind the chart table and was "introduced" to Basil as the Navigator (which I was not). On completion of filming the model of Basil was presented to the ship, and was kept in a glass case in the main passageway outside the sick-bay.
HMS FOX was sold a few years ago and is, I believe, now a private yacht.