In Chapter 16 of The Cay, what legacy had Timothy left for Phillip?

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The storm has passed, but Timothy is dead, leaving the blind Phillip to survive alone on the island. After Phillip buries his friend's body, he begins the process of cleaning up around the camp and getting something to eat, and

... for the first time, I fully understood why Timothy had so carefully trained me to move about the island, and the reef... (Chapter 16

Timothy, who had only recently admitted that he was actually well over 70 years old, had done his best to prepare Phillip for when he might pass away. It had become evident that the two might be on the island "forever," and Timothy may have sensed that his days were numbered. He had looked after Phillip like a son, and Phillip's prejudice against Timothy's black skin had long disappeared. After his death, Phillip discovered a surprise gift from Timothy: a group of fishing poles, "at least a dozen... with a barbed hook and bolt sinker." Timothy had planned ahead for when the sightless Phillip would be alone, and the poles "were one more part of the legacy Timothy had left me."