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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953' [‎11v] (27/222)

The record is made up of 1 volume (107 folios). It was created in c 1953. 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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agreed in 1942 to the stationing by the service of a ^^"after
they were unable to keep their own lighthouse there , , nol j ce 0 f j( S
the war they would re-establish their lighthouse an & P rpadv { 61 ^
re-establishment so that the light-vessel niigiu be ^ Denartmentthrough
In March 1950 a request was received trom the Ph^Lsel as he
the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company for the removal ot ^ n r ectora e received
had been re-established.C 2 ) A few months later the Basra Port Directorate rec.ivea
a similar request from the Persian Ports and Navigation k the
Persian lighthouse was not functioning satisfactorily 11 7fu^ S P v P lnnments and
Oais light-vessel which is manned, in position pending furthei developments ana
nc^reply w^ sent to the Persians' requests. The Wghtmg-tender contmued ^
regular visits to the vessel without any previous notifica ions to ^he Peman
authorities in accordance with past practice( ) and T n n ot ^ a yerbaf reque^ was
from them on the subject by the end of 1953. In I 950 , a j^bal request
received from the Commandant of the Persian Southern Naval Forces tor the
acquisition by the Persian Government of the two outer gas buoys at Bush ire
the matter was not pursued. In 1952 the Persian authorities removedo^ofthe
service's buoys at Bushire and replaced it with one of Aeir own. Her Majesty s
Government saw no objection to the installation by the Persians of their o
lighting at Bushire, provided they returned the service s property, and suggested
that the matter should be taken up by the service through the Persian Consulate-
General at Basra,r) but no further action appears to have been taken, presumably
because of the breach of diplomatic relations with Persia. .Later m the year
the Persians refused to allow the Relume to visit Bushire to service the buoys( ) and
no attempt to resume this service had been made by the end of 1^3. in 1952 me
service proposed to remove their buoy from Jask and to hand over the lighthouse
there to the Persian Government^ 06 ) This proposal however was not proceeded
with and the Relume continued to pay regular visits to Jask( ') up to the end ot
without any previous notification to the Persian authorities and without any
objection being raised by them.
31 In 1951 the Persian authorities made informal enquiries through the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company whether 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. Lighting Service would
consider undertaking the maintenance of all their lights, and whether they could
be represented on the service's Local Advisory Committee( e8 ) but neither proposal
was pursued. In 1952 the question arose of the channel through which the Persian
authorities should be notified of the relief of the Nearchus by the Relume, which
was to be based in Bahrain, and of proposed visits by the latter to Persian waters
Her Majesty's Government did not approve of a proposal that notification should
be made through Her Majesty's Consulate-General at Basra, for fear that the
service's operations might be impeded by political actions on the part of the
Persians, and suggested that the Captain of the Relume should communicate with
the Persian Consulate-General at Basra either direct or through the Basra Port
Directorate in accordance with past practice.( 69 ) It was decided that for the time
being communications should be made by the Captain of the Relume through the
Basra Port Directorate! 70 ) to the Persian Consul-General at Basra,( 7L ) and that
notification of visits to Persian waters should only be made where this had been
customary before.( 72 ) It would appear that only visits to Bushire, Lingeh or Qishm
had been so notified.
32. The Saudi Arabian Government have shown no desire to participate in
the service's operations and have only interfered when the service has operated
without their approval in what they considered as their territory. In 1938 they
agreed to the service's complying with a request received from the Californian
Arabian Standard Oil Company (later the Arabian American Oil Company) for
( 61 ) P.R. to F.O. 135/70/50 of May 6, 1950 (EA 1401/27 of 1950).
( 62 ) P.R. to F.O. 135/86/50 of June 3, 1950 (EA 1401/33 of 1950).
( 63 ) F.O. to P.R. EA 1401 /2 of January 31, 1953.
( 64 ) F.O. to M. of T. EA 1402/14 of August 19, 1952.
( 65 ) Tel. from Basra to F.O. 62 of November 10, 1952 (EA 1402/18 of 1952).
( 66 ) P.R. to F.O. 1401/46/52 of June 7, 1952 (EA 1402/12 of 1952).
( 67 ) P.R. to F.O. 1401/33/53 of October 30, 1953 (EA 1401/7 of 1953).
( 68 ) P.R. to F.O. 1403/1 of March 12, 1951 (EA 1402/10 of 1951).
( 69 ) F.O. to P.R. EA 1402/16 of September 23, 1952.
( 70 ) In 1954 it was decided that communications to the Persian Consul-General should be made
through Her Majesty's Consul-General at Basra.
( 71> i M. of T. to F.O. M (NA) 32/3/02 of November 14, 1952 (EA 1402/17 of 1952)
( 72 ) M. of T. to F.O. M (NA) 32/3/02 of December 24, 1952 (EA 1402/21 of 1952).

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The document provides historical information on the region during the period in question and, following a section on general matters, has separate sections on Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Trucial States, and Muscat

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1 volume (107 folios)

There is a table of contents at the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the front cover and terminates at 109 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are enclosed in a circle, and appear 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. The foliation sequence continues into the separate volume of appendices and genealogical tables - IOR/R/15/1/731(2).

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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953' [‎11v] (27/222), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/731(1), in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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