Transcript of the log of the
HMS Rosemarie

Transcription provided by Bridget Minz Testa
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This is the transcript of the log of the HMS Rosemarie, which in the novel was the HMS Rosemary (see "Highlander: The Element of Fire" by Jason Henderson, Chapter 4, pp 50-59; the Dido comes several chapters later).  In Henderson's novel, the Rosemary is the last ship Connor commands under his own name; when he commands the Dido, he is David Carruthers.

There are two important differences between the Rosemarie from Highlander 2 and the Rosemary in Henderson's novel.  One  difference is that the Rosemarie in the movie log carried gold and opium; Connor's Rosemary in the novel carried firearms and munitions.  The other difference is that in the novel, Duncan is present.

Needless to say, it was fairly difficult to read the short two pages as they flash up on the screen.  In the last paragraph, I believe I got everything, but it's possible that some words were missed.  You can still tell what's going on in Connor's mind though.

The voiceover for the movie says December 6, 1858 whereas the log itself says September 6, 1853.  Through the magic of single-frame advance and still, I was able to stop the film and read (with some difficulty) the same two pages in Connor's log of the Rosemarie which Louise Martinez read in the movie.



September 3, 1853

I fear an attack by pirates.
A ship has been sighted on the horizon - no identification.  It is the gold and opium they are after, I am sure.

September 4, 1853.

No sign of ship - the wind has dropped - the sea is strange.  We seem to be motionless in time.

September 5, 1853

Dawn - no time - attack is imminent.
God be with us.

September 6, 1853

The Rosemarie was attacked.  All on board were killed, including myself.  Yet I still live...the men...I'm floating adrift...ship full of corpses.  I must begin soon the grim task of pushing bodies to sea - so many young men.

I'm tired and cold and want to die...I don't think I will continue this log anymore.  Who knows how long I shall drift - days,months, years.

End of the day, September 6, 1853

MacLeod no longer exists.


(Bridget's Note: there were bloodstains and perhaps tearstains or waterstains on the first September 6th page.)

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