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Coll 20/15 'Muscat: Infringement of Muscat territorial waters by Persian vessels' [‎83r] (166/203)

The record is made up of 1 file (98 folios). It was created in 6 Apr 1933-26 Jul 1934. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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vessels were alongside each other and the captured
dhow made fast astern*
It is impossible to identify the first vessel
from their description. She was small, painted
white,and bore the number tT? ive f -Shown photo
graphs of the Persian Sloops and Patrol Boats the
man seemed sure that it was not one of then. He
said it was not unlike a photograph of the
"Pahlavi", but looked smaller. It appears to have
been either the latter, or a customs launch.
I'he auxilliary dhow was of a type in general
use by Persian revenue officials, ^he captured
dhow belonged to a Baluchi who is a native of
Bandar Sirkk and therefore a Persian subject.
I’he cargo was stated to be sugar. She had come
from Pabai•
I'he man sent by the Wali did not go on board
the first vessel, but went to the captured dhow.
It was not clear if this was by choice or not.
Ib-e Interpreter in the dhow toid him that they
had been anchored for two previous days at Jezirat
,Ghanam - shown a sketch plan the messenger said
that that meant in IChor Kawi. "Piey caught the dhow
at sea off the we c t cost of Has Sheikh ilasud about
opposite T> as al Jadi. He did not know the
distance from the coast when caught , nor was the
time of capture established. He did not know if
the dhow resisted capture.
By the time the messenger had reached Khassab
on his return the ships had weighed and sailed
Horthward. "he Wali was satisfied ^hat they were
no longer in the vicinity, otherwise I said* I would
go and look for them.
4. After the Wali had gone back to the town 1 went on
shore to return his visit, taking ano+her officer with me,
and two sailors to act as orderlies in order to make the
visit as formal as possible. On my return the ship weighed
and proceeded to Hen jam.
5. '’'here is not much doubt that the captured dhow was
engaged in the hitherto common and lucrative smuggling
trade between the Arabian and the Persian coasts, and that
she was caught red-handed by the Persian revenue authorities.
These my have been operating some distance frora their own
coast, or even inside territorial waters; but the main
complaint, and the only one made by the Wall, is that
Ter si an/

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Correspondence concerning reports of a Persian warship operating in Muscat territorial waters. The vessel was seen off Khassab, Oman. Much of the correspondence discusses what grounds exist for a British protest to the Persian Government over the incident, with reference to international law and agreements between the British and the Persians (1897) and the British and the Sultan of Muscat (1898) (see folios 95-100), upon which the Persian right to be in Muscat waters was based. Details of other similar incidents to be used against the Persians are included in the papers (folios 3-4 and 18). Further correspondence deals with the need to retain British rights should the Sultan annul any historical proclamations connected to the matter.

The principal correspondents include officials at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Government of India (Foreign and Political Department), India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , Admiralty, Foreign Office, British Embassy in Tehran, and the Persian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Correspondence between the Council of Regency in Muscat and the Wali of Khassab is also contained within the file.

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1 file (98 folios)

The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 101; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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