There were other emigrant ships out of Newry during the Famine which encountered harsh conditions on the high seas.
James McKevitt of Newry was Master of the Serpahine – built and owned by George Guy – which left Warrenpoint on 5 May 1850 with 230 passengers bound for
Yet storms can strike at any time. In heavy weather on 21st May the Captain ordered all sails to be furled. Still the storm raged and by 2.00 am a hurricane wind was battering her. A massive wave shifted her ballast and severely d
There was however a leak below the waterline. Some passengers were ordered to the pumps. All through the following day the Serpahine struggled to remain afloat. Two vessels that attempted to aid her were unable to do anything because of the heavy seas.
The followed day the wind abated a little and two more vessels hove by. By the morning of the 24th May boats from these ships, the
Reluctantly even Captain McKevitt and the last of his crew had to abandon the now useless vessel. In contrast with the treachery of Curry Shaw of the Hannah, Captain McKevitt of Newry won the respect and gratitude of his passengers for his valiant efforts on their behalf.