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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎24v] (48/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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VII.—Oil.
1. Drilling.
(а) Bahra Well. —On 1st January 1937 the depth of the first test well at
Bahra was 5984 feet and early in the year, at 6852 feet, oil stained limestone
was encountered. Tests were made but only 5 gallons of a very heavy oil
was obtained, and consequently, at a depth of 7950 feet, drilling operations
on this well were suspended, and dismantling of the rig and derrick com
menced.
(б) Burgan Well. —Drilling equipment was transferred from Bahrah to
Burgan, 30 miles South of Kuwait, where the drilling of a new well commenced
on the 16th October.
Work on this second well has been slow owing to lost mud circulation,
due to fissures between 800 feet and 1100 feet. At the close of the year a
depth of only 1556 feet had been reached.
2. Geophysical work.
A Geophysical Survey of Kuwait State was carried out by a party of 16
Geophysicists from the Gulf Research and Development Company, Pitts-
burgh, U.S.A., who arrived in Kuwait in September 1936. By the end of
May 1937 the survey of almost the entire State by the Gravimeter and
Magnetometer methods had been completed, while a large area in the vici
nities of Bahrah, Burgan and Madaniyat had been seismographically ex
plored. This party left for their next task, in West Sussex, in the early
summer.
3. Transfer of Company's Drilling Camps.
With the end of drilling operations at Bahra in April, the drillers' camp
was demolished and re-erected during the summer months at Magwa, about
15 miles due South of Kuwait Town. Construction work at the new camp
was completed by the end of the year.
4. General.
During the year the health of the staff and local employees has been good.
I he labour is gradually becoming more used to routine, and is showino' im
proved results.
5. Water explorations.
In the course of the Seismic operations about 240 shallow wells to depths
ranging from 100 feet to 200 feet were drilled in the Madaniyat/Burgan
areas, and about 100 shallow wells of similar depth were also drilled near and
to the west of* Bahrah. No useful supplies of fresh water were found.
VIII.— Royal Navy.
Captain C. E. Morgan, D.S.O., in H.M.S. " Enterprise " of the 4th Cruiser
Squadron East Indies, visited Kuwait from 14th to 20th October.
Visits were paid by the Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and by His
Majesty's ships, sloops of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Division during the year.
IX.— Royal Air Force.
Aircraft of the Royal Air Force landed at Kuwait as usual in the course
of their ordinary routine duties during the year under review.
Air Vice-Marshall W. G. S. Mitchell, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., etc. and Air
Vice-MarshaU C. L. Courtney, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., Air Officer Commanding
the Iraq Command, visited Kuwait on the 2nd February and 10th Novem
ber, respectively.

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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the 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. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the 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. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)
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There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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