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Hardy, Phil. Phil Hardy was created by George Storm (Bobby Thatcher) and Jay Jerome Williams (Ben Webster) and appeared in the comic strip “Phil Hardy” (1925-1941). Phil Hardy begins as a poor fifteen-year-old who goes to work for a shipping company and is quickly gangpressed on to the tramp steamer Black Castle for a hellish seven-week trip to Cape Town. Highlights of the trip include severe storms, fire, and a mutiny in which several sailors are killed. Hardy goes on to have a variety of adventures at sea, with his friends Eli Bent, a "hard-bitten" sea captain, Jason Royle, the wise ship's cook, and Ben Kittredge, who is Phil's age and his best friend.
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