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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎666] (809/1782)

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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666
November
to 2nd
December.
Disembarka
tion, and
siege
»nd capture
of the town,
3rd to 9lh
December.
in water. The 26th and 27th were devoted by Sir W. Grant Keir and
his chief engineer to an examination of the defences of the town : and, as
the result showed that the place might be taken with the force already
available at Qishm, the " Benares " was sent to summon the fleet thence.
The ships arrived on the 2nd of December, followed in the afternoon
by the four last transports, whose arrival—lest a change of
weather should take place—it had been decided not to await; and on
the same day Saiyid Sa'id of Masqat made his appearance with two
frigates and 600 men.
Upon this occasion the landing was effected about 2 miles south uf
the town, and a cordon was immediately formed across the peninsula ;
the 3rd of December passed in these preliminary operations and in
disembarking tents, stores and provisions. It was found that the
old wall across the isthmus had been taken down since 1809, leaving
a bank in its place, and that a fort * had been constructed in the middle
of the isthmus with the materials ; a new wall had also been built,
nearer to the town than the old. Rifle pits had been dug by the enemy
m advance of his position. On the 4th a ridge about 900 yards from
the nearest part of the fortifications was seized by thet " skirmishers
and pickets " of the force, the enemy being driven back upon the fort
and town ; in this engagement Major Moles worth of the 47th ; "a gallant
and zealous officer/' was struck on the head and killed by a shot from
one of the enemies'' guns, the fire of which he had mounted the ridge to
observe. During the following night a battery for four guns was
completed at a distance of 300 yards from the southernmost tower of
Ras-al-K haimah, with a mortar battery on the right of it about 100
yards from the edge of the inner harbour or backwater. On the
6th the town was bombarded, and its defences shaken, by the guns of
the fleet and of the land batteries; the response of the defenders was
feeble, apparently for want of ammunition, for they frequently fired large
stones from their guns and darted out, between the discharges of the
British artillery, to collect round-shot which had lodged outside the
walls. On the night of the 6th, under cover of unusual darkness, the
Arabs made a stealthy sortie ; and the British mortar battery on the
right was actually in their possession for a short time, during which they
succeeded in removing a howitzer to a distance of about 100 yards;
* The fort, which was 350 paces from the new town wall, was a quadrangular stone
building of much more solid cunstractioii than any ever before seen in the Persian
Gulf. (Regimental Records of the 65th Foot.)
t Viz., all the light companies of the force (5| in number) under,Captain Backhousa
of the 47th, followed by pickets under Major Aloleswortb of the same regiment.
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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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