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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎683] (826/1782)

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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prey upon passing commerce without respecting any flag, even the
British; their robberies were accompanied by atrocities, such as the
massacre of entire crews, that vied with the worst offences in
former days of the Qawasim ; and so infatuated were they by their
easy success against native trading vessels that one of their squadrons
put to sea with the avowed object of encountering the Company's
cruisers. On receiving news of this last challenge Commodore Elwon,
commanding 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. squadron of the Indian Navy,
immediately directed Captain Sawyer to proceed with his vessel, the
"Elphmstoue" sloop-of-war, in search of the pirates and to bring them
to action. The " Elphinstone" carrying eighteen 32-pounders, was
much more powerful in relation to Arab war-vessels than her pre
decessors of 15 years before,—a fact which the pirates perhaps did not
appreciate; but her crew was comparatively smaii, numbering only
about 150 men, of whom however 80 were Europeans. On the 16th
of April the " Elphinstone" came up with the pirate fleet, which
appeared to consist of 3 Baghlahs, 1 Batil and 8 Baqarahs, the largest
Baghlah having one of the others in tow: this last vessel piOA-eu
eventually to be the " Nasir " of Kangun, captured by the pirates off
Kung four or five days previously. After gaining a position to windward
and double and treble shotting his guns with round and grape, Captain
Sawyer, unfettered by the necessity of waiting till he was attacked,
steered between the large Baghlah and her prize; and, as the Elphin
stone" passed through with her guns almost touching the enemy's
sides, both broadsides were discharged with terrific effect, making the
splinters fly in every direction. The Arabs confined themselves to an
attempt to board, which had it been successful would have sealed the
doom of the " Elphinstone/' for the large Baghlah alone contained
at least 200 men; but it was frustrated by a destructive fire of small
arms. Seeing that the fortune of the day was against them, the pirates
at once made off, abandoning the ''Nasir," from which a prize crew
of about 90 men leaped into the water and were picked up by the lai^e
Baghlali. That vessel, accompanied by the Batil, was pursued by th^
"Elphinstone" until nightfall, when she rounded Farur Island and
disappeared; and meanwhile the remainder of the pirate fleet, afkr -tup
ping the " Nasir ^ as far as they could, sailed away in another direction.
Returning on the next day to the scene of the encounter, the British
cruiser took possession of the " Nasir " and rescued nine of her ongina
crew drifting on a raft, to which, fearing the return of the pirate-, >
W committed themselves. Enquiry showed that 33 dead o xes o
pirates had been thrown overboard from the Nasir a one w

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎683] (826/1782), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023575945.0x00001b> [accessed 17 August 2018]

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