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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1795] (312/1262)

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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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MahanW Messrs. Lyster and Bowyear (or Bawyear) were appointed
to be joint managers in the expedition, and the cruiser a Defiance
bomb -vessel f ' Salamander and Gallivat " Wolf ^ were detailed for the
An appalling catastrophe, the most serious that has ever befallen a
British operation in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , brought this ill-judged venture
to a sudden end. The circumstances are fully described in the excerpt *
which follows from the Basrah Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. Diary :—
Arrived the <f Salamander," Bomb, commanded by Lieutenant Gage, who brings
us the melancholy account of the loss of the 4< Defiance," Commodore Fountain Price,
that ship having blown up, under the 15tli November, on an expedition against
Ormuse, in sight of the island of Kishmee. As the following extract from Lieutenant
Gage's journal particularizes the event, it is here with melancholy transcribed.
Extract from Lieutenant Gage's Journal with respect to the blowing up of the
Ship " Defiance'*
Saturday, 14th. Pleasant land and sea breezes. At 4 p.m . observed the Commo
dore haul up with an intention of going between the island of Kishmee and the
mainland ; haul up after her ; at 8 p.m . anchored in i less (than) 4 fathom(s) by
the" Defiance ". At daylight the southernmost end of Kishmee south-east by east;
off shore about 4 leagues.
Sunday, 15th. At 1 p.m . weighed in company with the " Defiance," launch
and Trankey ; steered east-north-east till 9 p.m . ; then anchored by the " Defiance ".
At 11 p.m . the fleet weighed, wind north by east ; at ^ past 1 a.m . the " Defiance "
was taken aback and came to an anchor ; at the game time the Commodore ordered me
to stand on as long as the flood ran. At | past 2 a.m . observed something on shore
of us; took it to be a large Trankey under sail ; fired a shot at her to bring her to ;
ssessioil'if soon after heard a great noise on board her. At 3 o'clock fired 3 shot more at her;
, discovered her to be a large ship at anchor ; she fired several musquets at us out of
a 1 ^ her tops; we passed her about a musquet shot distance and anchored to the eastward
iz. As ' 1 of her within gunshot. Made the signal to the Commodore of seeing a strange ship
aad immediately despatched Lieutenant Kerr to the Commodore to acquaint him that
we was at anchor by a strange ship. At this time the " Defiance " was at anchor,
distance from us about 4 miles. Lieutenant Kerr acquainting the Commodore that
we was at anchor by the ship (the Commodore) weighed and stood towards us ; and
we at times burned blue lights to let the Commodore see where we was. There being
little wind and the tide of ebb against him, he could not get near us ; and little after
daylight the " Defiance " anchored,—-distance from the ship about a mile and from
cargo, ^ us about 1| miles. Found with the ship 3 Gallivats and 4 armed Trankeys. At 7
J intN 0 clock Lieutenant Kerr returned, acquainting me the Commodore intended attacking
IgOQgftflS ^ 8 hip and board(ing) her as soon as possible, and to keep our boats manned and
utI arme ^i n oai:?e he should make the signal for her ; all this time the ship and Gallivats
acco 11 making preparations. At 8 a.m . the laanch with the Commodore's boats was along-
iastj ^ 8 ^ e him, taking the military upon boarding the ship. At f past 8 saw a smoke from
|| 5 — — — — — i
ever/ 5 * For the Sftke of cl0 ^ nQsg the p Unp tuation and spelling have been modified to
Innfifinfr eome extent,

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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' [‎1795] (312/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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