The Willemstad Times
By Nick Kader
Interview with Phillip Enright
Phillip: I was always living in fear of the germans, wondering if a torpedo would pick me out along the buildings.
TWT: How did you become a stowaway on the 'Devils mouth'?
Phillip: Back when I was on the S.S. Hato when I and the rest of the passengers were hit by a German U-boat torpedo. Timothy and I were the only ones on a stowaway raft.
TWT: Who is this Timothy person you are talking about?
Phillip: He is a very muscular, tall, black man
TWT: What was life like on the 'Devils mouth'?
Phillip: Well, it was very different, I had to learn that I could not just walk over to a market and get food or supplies. I had to fish and I had to get supplies from my surroundings
TWT: How did you and timothy learn to trust each other?
Phillip: Well, I had to learn that Timothy had better understanding when it came to survival so I had to listen.
TWT: How did Timothy die?
Phillip: He died trying to protect me from a hurricane.
TWT: How old was he when he died?
Phillip: He was seventy-odd when he died.
TWT: How did you become blind?
Phillip: The night the S.S. Hato was sunk I was hit on the head with a piece of timber.
TWT: How did You recover from your blindness?
Phillip: The doctor did three operations and after the third one I could see.
TWT: What have learned from this experience?
Phillip: I should never judge a book by its cover.
That is what i think I've learned.
Every year he dresses up in a costume and goes to a carnival. He never went to a school in his whole life and he began working on a fishing boat at the age of 9 When he was about 70 he was lost on a boat with a young boy (see Interview with Phillip Enright). He died from a hurricane in august, 1942.
What the war looks like
Weather in Willemstad
Image of weather