"TWENTY-SECOND COMPANY. -- Metoka, 280 souls. 'The splendid ship Metoka, Captain M'Laren, sailed from Liverpool, September 5th, 1843, under very favorable circumstances. The Saints on board gave expression to their feelings in various hymns, which they sang as the vessel was towed into the river. The ship, which is admirably adapted for passengers, together with the respectable appearance of the emigrants, appeared very much to surprise the bystanders, who were compelled to acknowledge that they had not often witnessed the departure of such a people.'
The Metoka made the trip to New Orleans in seven weeks. The Captain M'Laren, together with the other officers of the ship, were kind and attentive to the emigrants during the passage. Three deaths occurred on board, namely one sister and two children. From New Orleans the usual route was taken up the Mississippi River, and a majority of the emigrants landed in Nauvoo November 11th, 1843."
Cont., 12:12 (Oct. 1891), p.448
"September.  Tues. 5. -- The ship Metoka sailed from Liverpool with 280 Saints, bound for Nauvoo."