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'File 10/6 Pearl diving and pearl trade: Correspondence re:' [‎19r] (37/44)

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The record is made up of 1 file (22 folios). It was created in 5 Jun 1929-18 Apr 1935. 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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Kote on Levy Rocruits* Diving Debts.
The majority of the Baiirala recruits ar© men employed
in peari fiiTtag, divers and pullers. The Diving System in
Bahrain is a profit sharing undertaking, divers do not
rocolw pay but at tae end of the season they racuivc a
share in the profits of the boat which is divided uiuong
divers, pullers and nakhudi.
Divers receive certain advances from their nakhudas
during the off season and during the dive. The maximum
amounts are laid down by Gove ma ant proclamation every year
The advances preceding the present diving season were as
diver puller
(during the off season) its. 30/-
(imediately before going
to dive) 50/-
(in the middle of the season) EO/- 15/-
acceptanoe of these advances binds the diver to
work for his nakhud a during the following season. A diver
who takes his Teaquam and fails to dive is liable to punish-
majority of divers are peruiansntly in debt to their
, in spite of various regulations designed to put
an end to this state of things. These debts vary from
under 1 $, 50/- to over is. 1000/-. Old divers who worked
before the Diving Kef orris were instituted have heavy debts,
aenwho started diving since the Refoms cm small amounts,
ine avurag® debt in these days is about &>• 200/-.
Every diver has a small account book, issued by Oovern-
aent, showing his financial iposition with debits of advances,
interest on advances and credit from share in profits. Those

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The file contains a paper entitled 'Vocabulary of diving terms', giving a list of terms for types of divers and persons related to diving, and descriptions of four diving systems; notes on advances and payments; notes on accounts; list of general terms relating to diving; miscellaneous notes on diving; correspondence between 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. 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. , Bushire (Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Charles Johnson Barrett), and the American Consul in Baghdad, dated 1929, in which the Resident strongly advises the Consul against an American firm sending a pearl fishing ship to 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. , stating that the pearl fisheries had been conducted from time immemorial by the inhabitants of the Gulf coasts, and any interference by outsiders would be strenuously resisted and attended with considerable risk; press cuttings, 1934-1935; and note on levy recruits' diving debts.

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1 file (22 folios)

The papers are arranged chronologically from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: The foliation system in use appears in a circle in the top right-hand corner of each folio. There is a second, uncircled, foliation sequence by which some of the folios are numbered (with gaps) 1-8, 18-19, 35-37, and 78-79 (folios 2-21).

Condition: Folio 21 is torn at one corner and some text is missing.

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