About Francisco Mauro Severiano Carrau Rovira
- Name: Mr Francisco M. Carrau
- Age: 27 years
- Last Residence: in Montevideo Uruguay
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 113059 , £47 2s
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Mr Francisco M. Carrau, 28, of Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113059, £47 2s) together with his nephew (?cousin) Jose Pedro Carrau.
Francisco Carrau, though very young, was an active member of the board of directors of one of Uruguay's traditional companies, Carrau & Co., well known importers and also in the maritime business (the company is still operating in Uruguay today). Instructions on business procedures he left when he died, were used well into the '50s.
According to family legend, when they went to board the ship, their cabin had not been allocated, so calmly but with confidence, Francisco looked for someone in authority and threatened to cause a tremendous fuss if the problem was not immediately rectified. The cabins were, apparently, quickly found.
On the night of the sinking, Mr Carrau and his nephew were observed by second class passenger (and survivor) Mr Julian Padro y Manent standing with a fellow Uruguyan passenger, Mr Ramon Artagaveytia. They were also seen by first-class passenger Mr Elmer Z. Taylor. Mr Taylor and Mr Padro y Manent's versions of events differ quite widely.
While Mr Padro y Manent reported the three men joking and relaxed, Mr Taylor, who later escaped the wreck with his wife, clearly states that the Carraus were not joking about the situation and appeared quite alarmed.
The two men died and their bodies were never recovered.
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
- Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B)
- Alfonso Carbone Garbuci
- Michael A. Findlay, USA
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
- Mr José Pedro Carrau
-------------------- LOS CARRAU. Ramón Artagaveytia viajaba solo. Pero en más de una oportunidad se cruzó en las cubiertas y fastuosos salones del Titanic con los otros dos uruguayos a bordo: los jóvenes Francisco y José Pedro Carrau.
A los 28 años, Francisco Carrau Rovira dirigía la pujante distribuidora de alimentos Carrau & Cía (fundada en 1843), incluso siendo el menor de ocho hermanos. Quienes lo conocían decían que era un joven brillante y hábil empresario. Para 1912, Carrau & Cía ya estaba fuertemente consolidada en el mercado local. La misma familia dirige la firma en la actualidad, siendo la compañía privada más antigua del país.
Sin compromisos amorosos o conyugales, Francisco recorría Europa en viaje de negocios junto a su primo José Pedro, un imberbe de 16 años que lo acompañaba bajo el pretexto de ser su secretario personal. Pero era claro que los unía más que una relación de negocios. Francisco le había prometido a su tío devolverle a José Pedro "siendo un hombre". Sus sueños jamás se harían realidad. http://www.elpais.com.uy/120415/pciuda-636267/ciudades/los-uruguayos-de-la-primera-clase-del-titanic/