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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2435] (952/1262)

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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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8. A cable from Jashk to Masqat, opened in 1901 • length 319 knots ;
stations at Jashk and Masqat.
4. A cable from Jashk to Hanjam, opened in 1904; length 136
knots ; stations at J ashk and Han jam. This cable was origi
nally laid in 1869 as part of a direct cable between Jashk and
5. A cable and land line from Han jam to .Bandar ■'Abbas^ crossing
Qishm Island ; completed in 1905; aggregate length of cables
17*491 knots and of land line 30'75 miles; stations at Hanjam
and Bandar 'Abbas. The management of this line,, which was
constructed on behalf of the Persian Government^ is at present
temporarily vested in the Indo-European Telegraph Department
as the cost of construction has not jet been repaid.
6. A cable from Hanjam to Rishehr, opened in 1904; length 378*5
knots ; stations at Hanjam and Eishehr. This cable originally
formed part of the direct cable between Jashk and Bushehr
which was laid in 1869. From the Rishehr office short local
land lines run to the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Persian Telegraph
Office in Bushehr town and to the Resident's country house at
Sabzabad. EJshehr is connected with Tehran via Shiraz and
Isfahan by a three-wire line^ of which one wire is in possession
of the Persian Telegraph Administration ; this is at present the
Department's main line between India and Europe. Signalling
is carried on direct between Karachi and Tehran, the electric
current being automatically reinforced at the intermediate
stations of Jashk and Rishehr.
7. A cable from Jashk to Rishehr, opened in 1885 ; length 521*6
knots ; stations at Jashk and Rishehr.
8. A cable from Rishehr to Fao, opened in 1864; length 152 knots ;
stations at Rishehr and Fao.
The following table shows the staff and function of each station, on
the above cables and land lines, which is permanently under the manage
ment of the Indo-European Telegraph Department
Station Number of the Staff Function
Karachi 19 Transfer office. *
Jashk 10 Translating station, f
Ormarah 3 Station of observation, f
Pasni 1 Do.
Gwadar 1 Do.
Chahbar 3 Do.
Masqat 2 Terminal office.
Hanjam 3 Station of observation till the
line to Bandar 'Abbas is
open, when it will become a
transfer office.
Rishehr 14 Translating station.
F5o 4 Transfer office.
•A "transfer office" is an office in which traffic is transferred from one adminis-
wation to another ; thus at Karachi traffic is transferred to and received from the Indian
government's telegraph system, and at Fao it is transferred to and received from that
ot the Turkish Telegraph Administration. Such offices have no dealings with the
Public and consequently no cash transactions,
f See footnote on page 2418.
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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' [‎2435] (952/1262), 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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