The ship’s name was S.S. Hato bound for Miami but was torpedoed by the Germans while on its way.
Philip’s mother was suffering from anxiety caused by the German attacks and she demanded to leave the island together with her son. They left on the Hato but the ship was attacked and wrecked at sea. Philip was rendered unconscious and when he came to, he found himself aboard a raft with Timothy, a black West Indian man and his cat. Philip was confused and did not get along with Timothy at first, but he eventually settled in after he realized the stranger was important to his survival. The two castaways found an island and took shelter. Timothy died on the island but Philip survived and made it out. He was later reunited with his family and developed a deep fondness for the black West Indians who reminded him of Timothy.