Sig. Paolo Luigi Crovella

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Mr Paolo Luigi Crovella

Paolo Luigi Crovella was born in San Sebastiano da Po in Turin, Italy on 19 September 1895 and was one of six children born to Stefano Crovella and the former Cristina Ortalda.

His sister Irene (b. 1887) married a French waiter and settled in London whilst his brother Giuseppe (b. 1889) also moved to that city where he worked as a cook. It was Luigi's wish to follow them to London.

He appears on the 1911 census residing at 33 Clifton House, 131 Cleveland Street in Marylebone, west London and he was described as an unmarried waiter; this was the address of his sister Irene and her husband Charles Delmastro and their infant daughter Olga (b. 1910).

When Crovella went to sea is not certain but he came under the employ of Italian restaurateur Luigi Gatti and served aboard Olympic in that ship's à la carte restaurant. He was then chosen to serve aboard Titanic's maiden voyage as assistant waiter and signed on 6 April 1912, giving his name as Louis and his age as 17 (he was a few months shy of his 17th birthday) whilst his local address was 5 Orchard Place, Southampton.

During the sinking there were reports that the largely continental staff of the restaurant, mainly French, Italian, Swiss, German and Belgian, were herded to their quarters by stewards and kept there. Indeed, only three from the staff survived, two of whom were the female cashiers.

Paolo Luigi Crovella died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

He is remembered on a memorial plaque (bearing his photograph) in a cemetery in Colombaro.


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  1. Mona Parks said:

    Does anyone know if Louis Orovello and Louis Crovello were the same person? I have had no luck so far locating info on Louis Orovello.

  2. Franck Gavard-Perret said:

    According to Encyclopedia Titanica, the name of the Assistant waiter you were looking for was Louis Corvella. You know that, in 1912, it was the early years of the Marconi system and some mistakes were done. That's why I do believe Orovello and Crovello was the same person. Please, for instance, see the following article taken from ET archives. It's written "L. Crovetto, 17 London, 17 April, night Italians aboard the Titanic numbered more than... Read full post

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    Dave Gittins said:

    From his own signature on the crew list, I make the name Crovello. He's put his surname first for some reason.


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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Paolo Luigi Crovella (ref: #1824, last updated: 15th February 2017, accessed 5th July 2020 14:17:17 PM)