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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2496] (1013/1262)

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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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Caplures by
" Philomel"
Captures by
" Osprey"
and H.M.S.
" Ranger
be both easier and more effective tban to watcb 2^500 miles of the
Arabian coast from Makalla to Basrah; but reports from East Africa
showed that other reasons for the increase also existed. The principal of
these was a severe famine upon the mainland of Africa, which had
brought down the price of slaves there to six shillings a head; but an
impression also prevailed at Zanzibar that the British Government, in
consequence of reverses in the Soudan, had at last withdrawn their
opposition to the slave trade. Importations having become frequent,
captures by British cruisers also commenced.
In October 1884, when H.M.S. "Philomel^, Captain Lang, was
lying at anchor off Ras-al-Hadd, a native vessel was sighted coming up
' from the south-west and was pursued by the "Philomel^ under sail
only; on a gun being fired across her bows as a signal to heave to she
made straight for the coast, but she was intercepted by the "Philomel ",
which had meanwhile got up steam. The Nakhuda of the Arab vessel
and five slave dealers succeeded in escaping to the shore In a small boat,
but three dealers were captured by the " PhilomeFs " boats and three on
board of the vessel. The ship was found to contain 128 male and 26
female slaves of the Wazaramo tribe, all of whom were in a wretched
condition, having been without food or water for two days; and corre*
spondence was discovered on board which threw considerable light upon
the slave trade. The prize, of which the destination was shown to^ be
Khadhra in Batinah, was condemned, with her cargo, in the Vice-
Admiralty Court at Masqat; and the slave traders captured were
imprisoned by the Sultan of ''Oman in Fort Mirani.
At Masqat Captain Lang received a telegram from the Admiral,
directing him to proceed at once to Aden; and on the 18th of October,
on his way there, he fell in with a suspicious Sambuk a little to the
northward of Masirah Island. On boarding her she was found to be
the <( Fatah-al-Khair 33 of Sur, bound for a port in Batinah; she had
on board 30 male and 21 female slaves; and besides the Nakhuda, who
was also owner, she carried four passengers and a crew of eight men,
the passengers being the proprietors of the slaves. The slaves were
removed to the " Philomel }> and the Sambuk was at first taken in tow;
as, however, she proved to be unseaworthy, the crew and passengers with
their effects were transferred to the " Philomel 33 on the 23rd of October
and the vessel itself was burned. On the 26th of October the " Philo
mel^ reached Aden, where the slaves and cargo were disposed of accord
ing to law and the destruction of the prize was confirmed by the Vice-
Admiralty Court. The Nakhuda and the slave dealers were afterwards
sent to Masqat and imprisoned there by the Sultan of ''Oman in Fort
In the early part of the ensuing season no vessels of the Royal
Navy could be spared for cruising against slavers. Later on three
ships were sent, and of these H.M.S, " Osprey ^ succeeded, on the 19th
of September 1885, in capturing a vessel with 73 slaves; and, ten days
after, H.M.S. a Eanger" seized a fishing boat off Sur, in which were
two slaves recently disembarked from a slaver. In the former case the
vessel was condemned in the Vice-Admiralty Court at Masqat and the
dealer punished with imprisonment by the Sultan of ; Oman,
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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' [‎2496] (1013/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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