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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎226] (369/1782)

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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Endeavours to establish communication between 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.
and the Mediterranean, and incidental opening up of Turkish
'Iraq, 1837-61.
Unsuccessful
effort of the
East India
Company to
utilise the
Euphrates
as a Bteamer
route, their
armed flotilla,
and the
British
stat ion n aire
at Baghdad,
1837-42.
Question of
British rights
of commer
cial naviga
tion on the
Tigris, 1845-
46.
Towards the close of the last period, as has been mentioned, an expedi
tion under Colonel Chesney had bsen fitted out at the expense of Her
Majesty's Government and the Honourable East India Company with a
view to the institution of communication between Europe and India, if
possible, by means of steamers on Euphrates. It was characteristic of the
age that one ground on which the undertaking was recommended was that
it might indirectly strengthen Turkey and Persia against Russia. Colonel
Chesney s great experiment gave disappointing results, but the scheme of
through communication was not immediately abandoned#
nj sui vivin & from Colonel Chesney's expedition was made over
at the beginning of 183/ to the East India Company, by whom in 1840
three additional steamers for river work, all iron-built and heavily armed,
weie placed on the rivers of Turkish 'Iraq. The remarkable flotilla
thus formed, the existence of which does not seem to have disquieted the
Poi te,—-was done away with in the summer of 1812, a thorough examina
tion of thf Euphrates from Basrah to Maskanah by two of the steamers
during the previous year having shown that the river was for practical
purposes unnavigable by vessels of their class. One steamer of the flotilla
was retained on the Tigris, however, as a stationnaire or yacht for the
British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Baghdad. Before the removal of the bulk of
the flotilla to India, the lower Karun as well as the Euphrates and Tigris
had been explored by its vessels.
The presence of Government steamers on the rivers of Turkish Iraq
su !3t) es ^ t d the idea of commercial navigation by private steamers, and Bri
tish merchants at Baghdad began to study the question. They were not
able to take practical steps in the matter at once, but their intentions
^ V0 S r eater importance to a question which arose in 1845 regarding the
of British ^essels to navigate the internal waters of Mesopotamia
the British flag. In I8 i6 a Vizirial letter was obtained through
e exertions of His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople of
fl ^ e mean " 1 ^ , acc ording to the most favourable construction, was
. 0u ne ^ vessels, without distinction of class, should continue to
t an d Euphrates under their national colours, as they
nad done rn the past.

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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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