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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎656] (799/1782)

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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656
Naval resour
ces of the
Qawasiru.
Eaids by the
Qawaaim on
the Persian
Coast,
1817-18.
Depredations
on the coast
of India.
Escape of a
Qasitni fleet
at Gwatar,
December
1818.
thoug-h some 350 rounds were fired, no visible execution was done.*
The squadron then dispersed, the "Mercury - ''' and "Ariel" beino-
detailed to visit Sharjah, Ling-eh and Cbarak on a mission
similar to that performed at Rae-al-Khaimah, while the "Challenger"
convoyed the " Vestal" out of the Gulf, turning back at Masqat to
afford protection to upward-bound vessels.
The piratical force of the Qawasim at this period was estimated at
60 large boats belonging to Ras-al-Khaimah, carrying from 80 to 3U0
men each, besides 40 others of a smaller size distributed over the ports of
Sharjah, Rams, Laft, Lingeh and Charak. At the time of the British
squadron's visit to Ras-al-Klmimah it was understood that the Qawasim
had about 20 vessels actually at sea, of which 15 were then prowling in
the Gulf of 'Oman and 5 in the upper part 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. .
The Government of Bombay, though decisive action against the
Qawasim was now contemplated, were not in a position to take immediate
steps ; and, while they delayed, the temerity of the pirates continued to
increase. In October 1817 a Qasimi fleet made a raid on Shaikh Shu'aib,
burned and plundered the villages at the western end of the island, drove
off all the cattle, and slaughtered a number of the inhabitants. A little
later they entered the roadstead of 'Asalu, captured there 5 large
native Baghlahs worth with their cargoes Rs. 3,00,000, and put the
crews to death. After a stay of 12 days at 'Asalu the pirate fleet made a
demonstration against Kangun and even attacked Daiyir, but they were
repulsed by the inhabitants of the latter place. These outrages, of which
the proximity to Bushehr steadily increased, caused a panic in that town;
and the people were with difficulty restrained by the Governor from taking
flight to the interior.
Simultaneously two native ships, with cargoes of cotton, were taken
by the Qawasim off Diu ; and thereafter the "Mustapha," an Arab
vessel but officered by Englishmen and flying English colours, was cap
tured only 70 miles north of Bombay.
In December 1818 the H.E.I. Company's brigs "Thetis" and
"Psyche/ assisted by H.M.S. " l£den," succeeded in cornering ll 1
piratical Qasimi vessels in Gwatar Bay ; but, time having been allowed
them until the morning, in opposition to the advice of the Company's
officers, they made their escape during the night.
* In these proceedings the local officers appear to have exceeded their iustruction.
Vide Buckingham, pages 497-4i98.

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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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