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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎657] (800/1782)

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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On the 21st of December 1818, near the Island of Qiehm, the Defeat of a
Company's cruiser "Antelope" came upon the " Rahmany/-' a full- C ^ si ? i
rigged ship belonging to the Sultan of 'Oman, beset, along with a native byTh™ 11
Baghlah, by a Qasimi fleet consisting of 4 great Baghlahs, 2 Batils of '^eS 6 '"
the largest size and another vessel, with which they had maintained a 1818 *
ranning fight for two days, almost exhausting their ammunition. The
u Antelope/' Lieutenant Tanner, immediately attacked the pirate fleet
and drove them towards the coast of Qishm ; they then turned at bay and
made desperate attempts to board their determined assailant, but were
repulsed by the accurate tire of the British guns, after having on one
occasion succeeded in approaching within 100 yards. On the pirates
taking to flight the "Antelope" gave chase and pursued them for 5^
hours, but could not overtake them on account of the lightness of the
wind. This was a remarkable action, inasmuch as the combined force of
the Qawasim amounted to 29 guns and about 1,070 men, whereas the
"Antelope" carried only twelve 18-pounder carronades. and two Im
pounder brass guns with a crew, all told, of 71 Europeans and 37
natives. The Qawasim subsequently confessed to the loss of 117 men
in the affair with the " Antelope."
On Christmas morning, 1818, H,M.S. "Eden" and the Company's erfg^ements,
brig-of-war "Psyche" rescued a captured boat from two pirate P ur ^ u ' i ^' ® tc -»
Trankis, which managed to escape ; during the whole of the same day the cruisers,
Company's cruiser " Thetis " followed without success a Qasimi fleet of ^February
7, and on the next day another of 4 sail ; and on the 10th and 11th of
January 1819 H .M.S. "Eden" sunk 2 piratical Baghlahs off Qishm and
Hanjam, but failed to capture 6 Trankis by which the Baghlahs were ac
companied. About the same time H.M.S. "Conway" found 17 Qasimi
war vessels at Bahrain, returning with a large number of men from Qatif,
where they had arrived too late to help the Wahhabi Amir in opposing
the Egyptian forces which were then overrunning Arabia ; but the
commander, Captain Barnard, out of respect for the neutrality of the port
of Manamah abstained from attacking the Qawasim at anchor; and,
once at sea, the Qawasim were able to evade his pursuit. Between Octobei
1818 and January 1819 the Company's cruisers Thetis "and " Psyche
encountered the Qawasim sailing in flotillas of 2 to 10 vessels no less than
17 times, and continued to drive them from place to place ; but, on
account of the superior sailing qualities of the Arab boats, the British
vessels seldom or never succeeded in bringing them to action. In
February 1819, on the occasion of a British naval demonstration at
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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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