‘Vol 250 Wrecks, Maritime outrages’

IOR/R/15/1/165

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The record is made up of 1 volume (156 folios). It was created in 14 Feb 1857-9 Jan 1861. 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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The volume contains correspondence relating to nine cases of shipwreck, plunder, piracy, or other maritime outrage, each assigned in the volume under the ‘Heading VIII: Wrecks, maritime outrages, etc.’ and each taking place during the period 1857 to 1861. Correspondence includes the original reports of each case, the Resident’s instructions to naval officers in the Gulf to investigate the incident, and to retrieve stolen property, identify the culprits, or obtain compensation, where appropriate, the Resident’s report of the incident to the Bombay Government, and the Bombay Government’s response, frequently containing extracts of resolutions or official notes relating to the incident. The chief correspondents in the volume are Captain (James) Felix Jones, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. , Henry Lacon Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, and various officials of 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. Squadron.

The cases are numbered as subjects 10 to 19, and are summarised on the cover sheet that precedes each set of correspondence, as follows:

  • 10: ‘Illegal intention of an Aboothabee [Abu Dhabi] vessel by the Al Ali chief’ (folios 1D-27);
  • 12: ‘A boat belonging to a subject of Congoon [Bandar-e Kangan] chief wrecked in Dec/57 near Somaysmah on Guttur [Qatar] coast, & plundered. The Chief of Bahrain, on Resident's requisition, made over to Resident 1000 M. S. [Muhammad Shah] Rs [rupees] as an indemnity to the sufferers’ (folios 28-32);
  • 13: ‘Regarding an Asseloo Ghoncha [boat] plundered off Dihiffar near Makullah [Al-Mukallā] east of Aden’ (folios 33-46);
  • 14: ‘No vessel available to recover fines from Aboothabee. Tigris and Constance at last afforded’ (folios 47-61);
  • 15: ‘Three Nejdees [Najdis] thrown overboard by nakhuda The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. Oobeyah of Debaye [Dubai] & others in his boat. Two drowned, one saved who became informer’ (folios 62-108);
  • 16: ‘Alleged outrage on a wrecked vessel by the inhabitants of Bokha [Bukhā]. The Chief of Bokha & his people exonerated by Lieut[enant] Dyer Commanding Tigris ’ (folios 109-14);
  • 17: ‘Seizure by Sheikh of Mohumrah [Khorramshahr] of a Sharjah vessel by way of retaliation for fraudulent act committed by a native of Sharjah who carried off to Sharjah a vessel & property confided to his charge by the Sheikh of Mohumrah. Mutual restitution effected at last’ (folios 115-27);
  • 18: ‘Regarding plunder of the town of Limah by several boats from Ras el Khymah [Ra’s al-Khaymah], killing several men. Inaccuracies of Gulf charts’ (folios 128-41)
  • 19: ‘Piratical outrage perpetrated by Raschid i. Dubbanee of Ras el Khymah’ (folios 142-47)

Subject 11, which precedes subject 10, has a cover sheet, entitled ‘Piracy on a Hindyan boat by divers from Bahrein [Bahrain]’, but contains no papers.

Extent and format
1 volume (156 folios)
Arrangement

The papers in the volume are arranged into cases, numbered 10 to 19. Case number 11 precedes case number 10. Within each case, correspondence is arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest at the front to the latest at the rear.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The main foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found 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. Foliation anomalies: 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; 23 and 23A; 46 and 46A; 63 and 63A; 141 and 141A.

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Letter book

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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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IOR/R/15/1/165
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Vol 250

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14 Feb 1857-9 Jan 1861 (CE, Gregorian)

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