The Wreck of the Grosvenor
My Bloody Life
From: Aluta Zibonti


Subject: Descendant of a survivor of the Wreck of Grosvenor


I have just come a wiki article, and upon further enquiry, your book link on the Wreck of Grosvenor. The story of which you speak is one I know very well; it has been passed down my family for generations, we visit the shore of the crash yearly to celebrate the arrival of our forefathers in that very crash.

My mother's side of the family is Hogan, an Irish man by the name of Edward Hogan was onboard that ship wrecked. He was taken in by the Xhosa community along with others, one by the name of Smith as well. They married in to the "bantu" tribes as you call them and were fully accepted as members of the tribes and have left behind a legacy. The name Hogan still continues with many of my family members and their story is passed down religiously.

Upon seeing your article, I just felt compelled to give my 2 cents worth, there is so much more to the story than the brutality illustrated. The story we are told is one of love and adventure, colour-blind and humorous. They were even given clan praise names identifying them, their arrival, habits and character. I am sorry to bombard you with all of this but it is very exciting; my predecessors were affectionately teased for milking buck and using pipes as cutlery, also for constantly saying "Molo" before they understood the Xhosa language.

My family still lives in the very same land they crashed on in a place called Lusikisiki and in neighboring Port St Johns. If you would like I would be happy to fill you in.

--- Kind regards,

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RE: Reymundo Sanchez

I have just finished reading both of your books .. And all I can say was WOW!! You had a pretty interesting life and you came a long way! Your awesome! But not for the things you hav gone through growing up but for what you had over came :))

--- Ashley Ramirez

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