"SEVENTY-NINTH COMPANY. -- Rockaway, 24 souls. The presidency of the British Mission at Liverpool, according to the suggestion of the First Presidency of the Church, had arranged to ship the last company of Saints for the year 1854 to New Orleans by December 1st; therefore the Scandinavian Saints left Copenhagen, Denmark, in the latter part of November, in order that they might arrive in Liverpool to sail on the Helios which had been engaged for their passage. But the storms on the German Ocean prevented them from arriving at the appointed time, and brethren in Liverpool finding it impossible to detain the Helios so long, succeeded in nearly filling her with other passengers -- Saints from the British Mission. After this was accomplished, and while at anchor in the river, the Helios parted her cable and stranded, receiving such injuries that she had to go into the dry docks for repairs, which required that her cargo should be discharged, and all passengers disembarked. During the month of December the westerly and northerly winds were blowing almost incessantly, and much of the time a furious gale, all of which prevented the contemplated emigration via New Orleans to get off by the first of December; but in due coarse of time the emigrants who had disembarked from the Helios had passages secured fort them on the ships Rockaway, Neva, and Charles Buck.
On the sixth of January, 1855, the ship Rockaway sailed from Liverpool, England, with twenty-four of the Saints on board, under the presidency of Samuel Glasgow. After a safe voyage the emigrants landed in New Orleans, February 28th, and the next day (March 1st), started up the Mississippi River on the steamboat Saranak, all the company going together, with the exception of two, who for the lack of means remained in New Orleans. The river journey to St. Louis, Missouri, lasted sixteen days. On the evening of March 11th, the boat ran upon a snag, about sixty-five miles below Cairo, and in order to get clear, it became necessary to discharge the greater portion of the cargo, and then put it back again. This gave the brethren an opportunity to get work when they landed in St. Louis until the journey was resumed and thereby they were enabled to earn a little money. (Millennial Star, Vol. XVII, pp. 72, 271, 490.)
Cont., 13:12 (Oct. 1892), p.542
"Sat. 6. [Jan. 1855] -- The ship Rockaway sailed from Liverpool, England, with 24 Saints, under the direction of Samuel Glasgow. The company arrived at New Orleans, Feb. 28th, and at St. Louis about the 16th of March."