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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1725] (242/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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entirely managed by Messrs. Lynch for three months upon the Shah^s
account; but, as the result of her running was a deficit, the Persian Govern
ment, which declined to make it good, left her permanently in Messrs.
Lynches hands; and Messrs. Lynch seem to have considered the loss thus
imposed on them a lesser evil than that all the steamers on the upper river
should be under Persian management. The deficit of the " Shushan ^
thus falling entirely upon Messrs. Lynch, the Persian authorities (or
concessionaires representing them) proceeded to run the a Susa^ the other
vessel above Ahwaz, in opposition to her ; and in June 1891, though the
<( Shushan " had been accepted by the Shah expressly for the carriage of
passengers and goods to Dizful as well as to Shushtar, the Governor of
; Arabistan protested against her being sent to the Diz, where the " Susa "
had already gone: in the following August, however, the objection was
withdrawn. In January 1892 Colonel Talbot, the Eesident in the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , visited Nasiri, was well received by the Shahab-ul-Mulk,
and, in company with Mr. Dicey, Messrs. Lynches Agent at Basrah,
and Messrs. Gaskin and Holland, their Agents at Nasiri and Shushtar,
ascended the Diz as far as the Shushan " could take them, but the
impression which he formed of the capabilities of the river was unfavour
able, In May 1892 the Shushan ^ was sent to Basrah for repairs; and
the lowness of the river, after these had been executed, prevented her passing
the Ahwaz rapids again until the month of December following.
Messrs. Lynch applied for leave to substitute, during this interval, a
steam launch and barge on the upper river; but the request was
refused. In March 1893 the British Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , with
his First Assistant, was able again to test the navigability of the Diz in
the a Shushan." Colonel Talbot on this occasion almost reached Kut
Abdush Shah, the highest point ever attained by a steam vessel; but a
sudden fall of the river obliged him to beat a hasty retreat and satisfied
him as to the inutility of the Diz as a commercial highway.
The towing of barges was also another subject of controversy. After
permission for the use of two barges had been given by the Persian
Government, the Karguzar of Muhammareh argued that only wooden
boats were included in the term barge (" dubah "), and tried to prevent
the mooring at Muhammareh of an iron barge which Messrs. Lynch
tad had especially built for use on the upper Karun. Instructions from
Tehran were required to -convince him of his error.
It even happened, though perhaps at a later date, that the article in
the Regulations (No. 19) prohibiting interference with the depth, course,

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1725] (242/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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