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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎194] (337/1782)

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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194
Piratical
offences com-
n?itted by the
Qawasim,
X811-1816,
1813.
18U.
1815-1816.
the Qawasim appeared at Bushehr; and a preliminary agreement for tbe
discontinuance by the Qawasim of their attacks upon vessels under the
British flag 1 , ior the restitution by them of certain specific property, and
for their adoption of a distinguishing flag was executed ; but it remained
a dead letter.
In these circumstances, of unsuccessful action by the Sultan of
'Omau and practical inaction on ttc part of the British Govemment,
piratical offences by the Qawasirn recommenced and rapidly multiplied
The years 1810 and 1811 passed quietly, but in 1813 signs were
perceived of a revival of piracy.
In 1813 several large native vessels belonging to Basrah and Kangun
were attacked and robbed by Uawasim; some others owned by British
Indian subjects and flying the British flag met with similar treatment;
and others again remained confined to port in India, not venturing to
sail on account of the increasing danger at sea.
In 1S14- the a Ahmad Shah, ^ a native vessel under British colours,
was plundered while aground near Qais Island by the Shaikh of Charak,
and part of the booty was carried to Ras-al-Khaimah by Qawasim who
were probably concerned in the crime : this was the case which led to the
correspondence, in the same year, between the British Resident at
Bushehr and the AVahhabi and Qasimi chiefs. About the same time a
Persian vessel was captured between Masqat and Bandar ; Abbas. In
August 1814 some native craft under the British flag were taken by
Arab pirates at sea off Porbandar; and a boat which the Resident sent
with a communication in this case to the Qasimi Shaikh was actually,
notwithstanding the preliminary agreement very recently concluded by
the emissary of that chief at Bushehr, seized in the Ras -al-Khaimah
harbour and confiscated.
rbis last act was virtually a declaration of war, and we are conse
quently not surprised to observe that a great increase of maritime
offences affecting British vessels occurred in 1815 and 1816. Iu the
former year a ship belonging to the Sultan of ; Oman, and carrying
property of the Last India Company, was seized by the Qawasim at
Mughu with the assistance, or at least the knowledge, of the inhabitants
of that place ; half a dozen native Indian vessels were captured in Indian
waters , the Sultan of 'Oman's flag-ship " Caroline ,} was all but taken,
the Saiyid himself being wounded, in an encounter with a large Qasimi
fleet off Quryat ; and a British Indian vessel was overpowered near
Masqat, of which the crew were all either killed or kidnapped. In
uary 1816 the Last India Company's small armed vessel " Dei'i&h

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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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