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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎642] (785/1782)

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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Capture and
re-capture of
thp cruiser
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1808.
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carpenter and of an Armenian lady, wife of Lieutenant Taylor, Aesiptant
Resident at Bushehr,. were spared, and they were carried prisoners
to llas-al-Khairaah. Mrs. Taylor was successfully ransomed a few
months later by Lieutenant Bruce, the Resident at Bushehr, but her two
less fortunate companions never, apparently, regained their liberty.
On the 2l8t of October 180S, a few weeks after the mishap
to the "Minerva/' the H.E.I. Company's cruiser "Sylph" of onlv
78 tons, mounting: 8 guns, was approached by a fleet of large
Arab vessels ; she had been acoideatally separated from the squadron
which canned Sir Harford Jones and the members of his Mips ion
to Persia; and Muhammad Husain Khan, one of the Persian secre
taries attached to the Mission, was actually on board of her at the time.
Precluded by regulation from using her guns until it was too late, the
tiny vessel fell an easy prey to the crowd of boarders which the Arab
ships hurled on her deck from their towering bows ; and a whole
sale massacre of her crew, who perished fighting desperately, was the
sequel. Among the few survivors of the action were the commander.
Lieutenant Graham, who fell, covered with wounds, down the fore hatch
way, and the Persian secretary, who hid himself in a cabin-locker.
The lives of the remnant were saved by the sudden appearance on the
scene of H.M.S. " Nereide," Commodore Corbett, a frigate of 36 guns,
at the sight of which the Qawasim took to flight in their own vessels
abandoning the "Sylph/' and were pursued for some distance by the
" Nereide," but without success. *
Only three days after the " Sylph " incident the H.E.I.
Company's brig "Nautilus" of 14 guns, Lieutenant Bennett, was
threatened, while passing the island of Han jam, by a squadron of
two large and two small pirate vessels. In consequence of the order
which prohibited British ships from taking the initiative in these
affairs. Lieutenant Bennett considered himself obliged to hold his Are
until the hostile squadron had advanced so near that the war dances
and brandished spears of the Arab crews could be distinctly seeu and
their songs and shouts heard; he then hoisted the British colours
and fired two shots across their bows. As they still continued to approach,
the " Nautilus ' immediately discharged a broadside at the two larger
vessels; and a gunnery combat ensued which was maintained for nearly
* The statement of Sir H. J. Brydges in hh Brief History of the Wahauhy
(page 36), that the " Nereide sank three of the pirate vessels is not accepted by Low,
0f the In(iian Nav y' ^ealeo a quotation from the log-book of the
Nereide a i page 46 of Morier's Journey through Persia.
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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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