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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎95] (238/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.

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keep his ill-gotten gains. Accordingly, on on the 4th March the
c Prince of TV ales having been brought into 2| fathoms of water and
the " Drake" and ''Swallow^ having taken up their stations about
three-quarters of a mile off shore^ a bombardment of the fort was begun ;
but the range was too great for the guns of the ff Prince of Wales/' and
the ordnance of the a Drake " and f( Swallow " proved too light for
battering. The only piece that did any execution was a mortar under
the direction of Lieutenant Thomas Dumford, " Fire Worker/' of which
the quoin gave way at the first, and the whole of the bed at the twentieth
discharge ; after these accidents it was still kept in action by means of
rope lashings, but accurate practice was no longer possible.
In the meanwhile a weak military detachment, reinforced by parties
from the ships and commanded apparently by Captain Palmer, attacked
the Naib's house, which was taken after an hour and a half's
fighting. Unfortunately the Persians, during the progress of the
attack, found means to remove most of the valuables through an embra
sure at the west end of the building, and the Naib's wife and family,
whom it was intended to capture and hold as hostages, made their escape
by the same way. Mr. Douglas was thus disappointed in his hope of
being able to recoup the Company's losses.
On the morning of the 5th March the Persian garrison, unable to
endure any longer the fire of the siugle British mortar, evacuated the
fort and retired westwards to the village of Sum. A party was then
landed, who, finding it impossible to remove the enemy's guns, spiked all
but two and burned the carriages. The killed in these operations were
three Europeans of the " Prince of Wales's " crew, four of the military
detachment, one of the train, and five sepoys. On the evening of the 7th,
a body of 350 horsemen having appeared in the vicinity, the landing
parties and staff of the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , together with ail the moveable property
that had been captured, were embarked on board ship.
It was determined, after due consideration, not to attack the Persian Further
Admiral Mulla 'Ali Shah in his fort at Q,ishm ; oue reason being that P^c^higs.
the mortar could not be used any longer, and another that the Admiral
had spent all his substance during the previous three years in subsidies
to the Shaikh of Ras-al-Khaimah. Mr. Douglas, however, ordered
Captains Court and Lindsey to seize the ship " Rahmani then lying
off Laft, which was in the possession of the Admiral's Qasimi ally ; but
after arrival there, on Captain Court " representing the risque and
dangers to be very great ", the attempt was countermanded.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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