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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎183] (326/1782)

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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craft fell victims to Arab pirates in Indian waters. In September 1808
the <f Minerva }} , another trading vessel owned by Mr. Manesty, the
British Resident at Basrah, was captured by the Qawasim. Most of.
her officers and crew were barbarously put to death, while the wife of
Lieutenant Taylor, a political officer in the Gulf, was carried into
captivity and had to be ransomed, and the second mate and the carpenter,
who were taken to Ras-al-Khaimah, were never again seen. In October
1808 the "Sylph - " cruiser, accompanying Sir H. Jones's mission to
Persia, was overpowered and had most of her crew massacred by Arab
pirates; but she was almost immediately retaken by H, M. S.
" Nereidewhich opportunely appeared upon the scene. About
the same time four pirate vessels fell upon the Company's cruiser
" Nautilus proceeding up the Gulf; but the latter, her commander
having wisely disregarded the standing orders of the Bombay Govern
ment against forestalling attack, proved more than a match for her
assailants. The Qawasim now possessed 63 large vessels and a huge
fleet of small ones ; they had, it was reckoned, about 19,000 men afloat ;
and their Shaikh insolently suggested that the Bombay Government
should pay him blackmail, in return for which he would guarantee the
safety of British commerce in the Gulf. In June 1809 the " Deria
Dowluta British vessel under British command, was taken by the
Qawasim. Piracies were also freely committed by Rahmah-bin-Jabir, an
'Atbi freebooter of Qatar, but he showed remarkable prudence in
abstaining from offences against vessels under the British flag.
Second British expedition against the Qawasim and its results,
1809-10-
The measure of Qasimi iniquity was now full, and in September
1809 the Government of India despatched a combined naval and military
expedition from Bombay under the joint command of Captain
Wainwright, R.N., and Colonel L. Smith of the British military
service. The chief object of the operations was to put an end to piracy
by the destruction of all piratical craft and the conclusion of an arrange
ment with the piratical tribes whereby the safety of navigation in the
Gulf might for the future be assured. The force employed consisted of
two vessels of the Royal Navy, ten vessels of the East India Company's

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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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