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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2323] (840/1262)

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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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IV.-Baqarah (^).
Belongs to all Arab Coast ports from Masqat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain
and Kuwait ; on the Persiai, Coast to Ling -eh, Qishm, Bandar "'Abbas
and Tangistan ; none have belonged to Bushehr for eight or nine yeais.
The Baqarah is similar in all respects to the Batil excepting that the
ornamentation of the stem and stern-head differ. On the Arab Coast
this craft has two masts, with the usual sails and rigging; but on
the Persian Coast it sometimes only has one mast. Baqarahs vary in
length from 30 to 60 feet and are employed for cargo-carrying on the
Arab Coast; they are also used for pearling. They carry ordinarily a
crew of from 10 to 15 men, but when pearling the complement is
increased up to 30 men. The Baqarah is impelled by oars as well as
sails ; and carries a cargo of from 10 to 30 tons.
V.—Sambuk ( ).
This type of craft belongs to the same parts of the Gulf as the
Baqarah, excepting Tangistan. The Sambuk is similar in all respects to
the G-hunchah or small Baghlah Large trading vessel. excepting in one particular, the stem-
head being plain and not decorated with a small block of wood as in the
case of the Baghlah Large trading vessel. and Ghunchah.
The Sambuk carries a crew of from 15 to ^0 men. It is usually
employed in carrying cargo, and contains from 15 to 60 tons according
to size.
Bum ( p*).
Belongs to the Arab Coast ports from Ras -al-Khaimah to Abu Dhabi,
—irain and Kuwait, and, on the Persian side, Bushehr, ^ The Bum is
of various sizes, of which the largest is somewhat bigger than the
GWnchah; they are from 40 to 80 feet long. The stern is pointed with
a rail round; the bow is long and overhanging, rounded ^ off (but some
times carved) at the stem-head; and the vessel is steered with an ordinal y
^dder and wheel, excepting on the Pirate Coast where a tiller is o en
?sed. The Bum is usually completely decked, with suitable hatchways;
ft sometimes has a slightly raised poop. Bums carry crews varying 10m
^to40 men, and are used chiefly for cargo; but the small are used also
^pearling; they carry from 20 to 200 tons of cargo and, as a type,
% appear to be the most numerous in the Gulf.

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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' [‎2323] (840/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 July 2024]

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