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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2322] (839/1262)

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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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decks, a crew of 100 men, and carried 3 jolly-boats and one Mashuwali—
has a long overhanging straight stem, with a small ornament at the stem-
head. The keel rnns straight between the stem and stern-posts; and the
stern is square with overhanging counter, fitted on each quarter with pro
jections similar to quarter-galleries. The stern-post slopes somewhat to
the keel, the rudder being secured to the sternpost; the rudder -head runs
through a trunkway on the stern, and is controlled by a wheel on the
The Baghlah Large trading vessel. is decked fore and aft, fitted with a poop usually cut witli
ports ; a boat is usually carried across the stern and hoisted to davits
projecting over the stern. It usually has three hatchways. The larger
Baghlahs have regularly fitted compasses, some of which are very old ; most
having been taken from wrecked or captured merchant vessels. A
cross-piece is fitted on the stem-head, over which the anchor cables usually
run when being hove in ; it serves also to secure the cable to. In some
cases the cable is hove in through a block fixed on the stem-head.^ The
Baghlah Large trading vessel. has two masts of the usual type, and the sails and rigging
common to all in the Gulf and before described.
It is a cargo-carrying craft and carries a crew varying from 20 to 50
men, now-a-days.
II.—-Ghunohah. ( ^ ).
Belongs to the same ports as the Baghlah Large trading vessel. . It is merely a small
Baghlah Large trading vessel. , to which it is in all respects similar, excepting that it geneia y
has only two hatchways. It carries a crew of from 15 to 20 men, an
from 20 to 80 tons of cargo. It is used for cargo.
III.—Batil ( ).
Belongs to the same ports as the Baghlah Large trading vessel. , and is a vessel with a lon^
overhanging, fiddle-headed bow. The stem slopes rapidly to
which is in length roughly about one-third the total length of t e v
the after part slopes gradually upwards from the keel and ends in
thin stern-board, the head of which towers over the poop and is c ^
with a peculiar device. The stern is pointed, sometimes ,
poop; only the larger ones are completely decked, otherwise t ^ ^
is similar to the general type first described. It is of various s * zeS isma || er
steered by means of a balanced rudder, actuated by a wheel; tne ^ ^
ones are propelled both by oars and sails. The larger ones only 11
when pearling. ,
The Batil of the Arab Coast has two masts, that of the ^ rs ^ a ^ < [ is
only one; the usual native sails and rigging are fitted. The ^
used for trading but often engages in pearling, and carries a c ^ ^
from 10 to 20 men; when pearling the crew are increased to a
men, It carries from 15 to 60 tons of cargo.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2322] (839/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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