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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎39r] (77/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 31 Dec 1947-9 Nov 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Telegrams :
Codes :
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. .
QSA. 2/7445 Confidential 7th May, 1949.
H.B.M's Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. ,
Dear Sir,
We would refer to our recent conversations on the subject
of the Marine Seismic Survey now being undertaken by the Bahrein
Petroleum Company Limited in Qatar waters.
2. On 26th April 1949 it was reported that a buoy had been laid
the previous evening off the point on which our Distillation Units
are erected, the distance from the shore being well under a mile.
3. On 4th May 1949 three launches were reported lying south of
the Distillation Plant and at 08.30 work commenced which was
identified as being of a marine seismic nature. It was feared that
the explosions would damage the sea lines of the distillation plant
as these occurred within approximately eight hundred yards of the
The undersigned flew over the area in the afternoon of 4th -ay
and observed the operations and the explosions by the three launches
involved. A fourth launch was anchored off shore approximately
10 kilometres south of the distillation plant and near two flagged
buoys, all of which were within one mile of the shore.
This seismic survey is therefore definitely operating in Qatar
Territorial Waters which are part of our Qatar Concession.
The seismic personnel who were visited on board by our Resident
Geologist and In Charge Marine Dept., informed them that permission
had been obtained from "Capt. Pelly of the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain"
for the work to be carried out in Qatar waters.
4. As previously reported to you verbally, similar work has been
undertaken North of the Hawar Island group, extending to within Qatar

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah, the Sheikh of Qatar, Abdullah Bin Qasim Al Thani, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), on the division of the sea-bed between Bahrain and Qatar, notably the Hawar Islands and Deebel and Jaradeh shoals.

There are letters in Arabic and a map of Bahrain (folio 45).

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1 file (52 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The foliation is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. The numbering begins on the front cover of the file, on number 1 and it carries on until 51, which is the last number given on the last page of writing. There is another foliation, incomplete and misplaced: the numbering starts with 4 on the first page of writing (folio 2) and ends with 136 (folio 31); missing folios: 6-23; 25-35; 38-42; 43-44; 49-54; 59-65; 67-74; 82-87; 88-95; 97-129; 133-135.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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