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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎251] (394/1782)

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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British marine surveys 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. , 1861-73.
The abolition of the Indian Navy caused the same lamentable disorgani- Total discon-
sation in the matter of marine surveys as in that of naval arrangements in Inarhie snr-
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. .
It appears to have been deemed a natural corollary of the placing of
India under the Crown in 1858, as well as of the subsequent abolition of
the Indian Navy, that the hydrographical work of the Indian Government
should be transferred to the British Admiralty,—the 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. and the
Government of India being retained, however, as media of communication
and control in matters of importance. Some action seems to have been
taken with this view in 1861, but it is not clear that the Admiralty were
ever informed of the decision that in future the surveys of the Indian
seas would be conducted by the Royal Navy at the expense of the Imperial
Government," though in 1862 the Admiralty Hydrographer was supplied
with a memorandum by Captain Constable and three other leading-
surveyors of the Indian Navy on the state of the Indian marine surveys
and a list of such as required to be undertaken. It was shown that large
scale plans of Masirah Island and Straits (made in 184-6), of Khor-al-
Jaramah, Bandar Khairan, and Bandar Jissah (made in 1848-49), of
Bushehr harbour (made in 1857), and of the Daimaniyat Islands (made
in 1858) had not been published. There was no survey of the Shatt-al-
'Arab, and the chart of its entrance from these a was old and inaccurate.
Outer soundings of the Makran coast were wanting. In the result,
during the following ten years, no fresh surveys were undertaken, and
many original drawings and memoirs, the fruit of expensive surveys, were
lost.
In 1871 the Government of Bombay, having awakened to the necessity
for new surveys, consulted Colonel Pelly, 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 Colonel Herbert, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Turkish'Iraq;
and a general discussion of the subject was initiated. Both officers drew
attention to the desirability of surveys being made of Kuwait harbour and
Khor 'Abdullah, with reference to the contingency, which then appeared
not remote, of a railway port being required in that quarter; and the
Resident in tlie 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. also dwelt on the need of a revision 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. charts in certain places. The upshot was that Mr. Girdle-
stone, formerly a midshipman in the Indian Navy, was deputed to the
Resumption
of survey
work, 1871.

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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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