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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2326] (843/1262)

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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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sometimes half-deoked; has one mast with usual sails and fittings,
also bowsprit and jib-staysail; it is propelled both by oars and sails,
is steered with a rudder and tiller ; and carries a crew of from 4 to 6 men.
Belongs to the Arab Coast ports from Ras-al-Khaimah to Abu Dhabi
and on the Persian Coast is found at Qishm and Bandar ^Abbas.
Generally about 10 feet long, peculiarly constructed of date-stalks alone
connected together in a solid body ; no attempt being made to make the
craft water-tight^ the flotative properties of the date-stalks being utilized.
In form it follows out the lines of an ordinary boat and is pointed
at the stern as well as the bow. It is strengthened by date-stalks
laid athwartships between the layers of longitudinal stalks; the whole
being sewn together with a kind of raw cotton twine. Thej are
impelled by two oars; sometimes a primitive sail is used, hoisted to
two small spars lashed together at their heads, with the lower ends
separated and resting on the gunwales on either side of the boat
amidships, and stayed as necessary. They have no rudder, and are
used only for fishing close to the shore ; they carry 1 to 3 men.
[Notes. —Full information about the river boats of Turkish ; Iraq,
covering also those of Persian ''Arabistan, is given in the article on
the former province in Volume II of this Gazetteer, pages 8^9-83^
On the Persian Coast occur two kinds of boats not described in thif
Appendix, viz., the 'Amileh and the Varji ot Varjeh ^
of these the former appears to be a sort of small fishing Baqarah,. while j
the latter is perhaps the Persian equivalent of the Shashah. The i
Varji is also found atZoron Failakah Island, where it is called Wahriyat
(V ^
The Zaruqah (No. X above) occurs on the Persian as wel
as on the Arab side of the Gulf; see article ^ Qishm Islandin Vol.
11, page 1550.
Statistical tables of the sailing craft of parts of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. |
thirty years ago will be found in the Gulf Administration Report for I
1878-79, pages 40 to 42 ; the figures at the present day, so faras
ascertainable, are given 'passim in the Geographical Volume of the present
Gazetteer, and in the Appendix on Pearl Fisheries in this Volume. ]
XIV.-—Shashah (
(1) Length from 40 feet to 180 feet.
Breadth „ 12 „ 50 „ Artrfnns.
(2) Cargo-carrying capacity from 100 tons to 1)0
(3) Costs, to build, from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 80 ,000.

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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:

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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' [‎2326] (843/1262), 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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