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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎233] (376/1782)

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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A dispute probably having' arisen in regard to the relative position of
the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. and the Commander of the
Indian Naval Squadron there, instructions on the subject were issued by
the Government of Bombay at the beginning of 1841 to the Superinten
dent of the Indian Navy. The most important paragraph of the Govern
ment letter ran as follows : "In the first place the Honourable the
Governor in Council declares the authority of the Resident to be para
mount 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. , and places the entire Indian Naval Squadron
which may at any time be stationed in that quarter at the disposal of the
" Resident for any service which he may deem it advisable to assign to it,
" either wholly or in part, and this officer is responsible for his acts to no
" other authority than to that of the Government whose representative
"he is."
On the other hand the Commodore on the Station was to remain
" absolute master of the internal details, discipline, equipment and
organisation of every vessel under his command."
It was added that there was nothing in the rules laid down derogatory
to the honour or independence of the Indian Navy, because the Resident
was the representative of Government, and that it was essential to the
public interest that a good and perfect understanding should always exist
between the two officers.
The following extract from a letter addressed by the Government of
Bombay to the Resident 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. at the end of 1843 casts
much light on the difficult conditions under which naval duties were
carried on there at the time :
I am directed to inform you that the Saperintendent of the Indian Navy has
recently brought to the notice of Government the evils which have resulted from the
practice of detaining vessels of the Indian Navy 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. and the Red Sea
for the immoderate pariod of two or three years.
The Honourable the Governor in Council, having taken this subject into considera
tion, is satisfied that the practice is destructive of the best interests of the service,
ruinous to discipline and efficiency, prejudicial to the health of the crews, and a fertile
source of discontent.
In illustration of these evils, the case of the H, C. Sloop-of-War " Elphinstone,"
lately returned to Bombay, has been cited. This vessel reached Bombay in a most ineffi
cient condition , her crew debilitated by her long detention 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. ,
aggravated by her having been injudiciously detained in a sickly port, instead of being
constantly kept in motion, which in itself is one of the best preservatives of health
and energy. On her arrival, from the above causes, she appeared more like convalescent
ship than an effective sloop-of-war.
The Governor in Council entirely disapproves of the practice which seems now to
prevail of keeping the vessels of war temporarily placed at your disposal stationary in
port, instead of keeping them constantly in motion and thus securing the chief object for
Eelative
position of
the Political
Resident and
thte Comman
der of the
Indian
Naval Squad
ron, 1841.
Orders re
garding the
undue deten
tion and
immobilisa
tion of
Indian
Navy
Vessels in
the Persian
Gulf, 1843.

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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)
Arrangement

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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