Carson: "I understand most of the ladies were taken off in time."
Robert: "You mean the ladies in first class? God help the poor devils below decks. On their way to a better life. What a tragedy."
Mr Carson and Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham talking about the sinking of the Titanic.[src]

The RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

The sinking of Titanic resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Casualties included historical figures J.J. Astor and Charles Hays, as well as Downton Abbey characters James and Patrick Crawley. People that survived the sinking included the Countess of Rothes and Madeleine Astor.

News of the Titanic sinking comes to Downton Abbey at the very beginning of the series. The story is in the newspaper and there is a subsequent telegram to Lord Grantham informing him that James and Patrick were on the passenger list.

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Series 1 Episode 1
Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5
Episode 6 Episode 7
Series 2 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6
Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special