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'Reports on (1) the Conservancy of the Shatt-el-Arab river from the Port of Basra to the Persian Gulf and on (2) the Development of the Port of Basra. By Sir George Buchanan Kt., C.I.E' [‎6v] (16/62)

The record is made up of 1 volume (29 folios). It was created in 1917. 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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(33) The three gas buoys arrived some time in January and the lanterns in
"May, and on the15th July 1916, the Secretary of State for India was asked by
telegram to sanction the placing of the buoys in the following positions, which
had been approved by the Director, Royal Indian Marine : one buoy about
2 cables S.-S.-E. from No. 4 buoy, and the other two buoys to replace No. 9 Inner
Bar buoy and No. 7 buoy -; the present gas buoy at the Outer Bar buoy to be
removed to the position of the Old Bar buoy, and a small chequered buoy
placed in the position of the present Outer Bar buoy, and that the light at Fap
should be temporarily improved by changing it to 2 vertical white lights on
a flagstaff.
the present UP t9 (34) The Secretary of State for India sanctioned the scheme by telegram on
the 12th August J.916, and the work .actually done up to the present has been
as follows; -—
• (1) The Ijiner Bar buoy has been replaced by a white-flash lighted buoy.
(2) No. 4 buoy has been replaced by a red-flash lighted buoy, put down on
21st November 1916,
(3) A large can unlighted buoy has been substituted for the small buoy
at No. 7^now No. 6.
(4) A lamp has been ordered for the Fao light.
Additions required (35) With reference to the remainder of the proposed programme, it is not
schenief 1018 pow recommended that the present outer gas buoy should be removed to the
position of the Old Bar buoy, and the consensus of opinion is, that the following
additions are required to complete the scheme -
{a) A lighted buoy at the Old Bar buoy,
(6) A lighted buoy at No. 7 (now No. 6),
(c) An occulting white light to show JO miles at Fao.
Plan No. 9 accompanying this report shews the buoys as at present and pro
posed.
Type of buoy (36) The gas buoys sent from Colombo -are unsuitable as they are of too deep
recommended. a draught. There is also difiiculty in re-filling them with carbide when there is
a sea running.
I recommend that all the lighted buoys on the Ear be replaced by " Aga "
light buoys drawing not more than 4 feet of water and charged with * dissolved
acetylene ' gas in accordance with the " Aga " Standard Process, and manufac
tured by the Gas Accumulator Company (United Kingdom) Limited.
Proposal to (37) Owing to the great irregularity of the tides it would be a great conveni-
o^water^Bar ence an( ^ assistance to masters of vessels if the actual depth of water on the bar at
day and night. ^ny time were notified, and this could be accomplished by placing on the mud
flats to the east of the channel a structure on piles with a tide gauge and semaphore
which would, as is the custom in other ports, indicate the exact height of the water
at all states of the tide in the day-time and by a system of lights at night.
Control of lights (38) In the matter of the control of the lights and buoys : the work is at present
^nd buoys. ^ one the Officer Commanding the R. I. M. S. " Nearchus," as 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. Lighting and Buoying System, but that department has already its
hands full, and now that the Port of Basra is being organized on the lines of
Indian and Home ports, I recommend that as soon as a suitable vessel can b,Q

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This file contains two printed reports written by Sir George Buchanan, Director of Port Administration and Conservancy, Indian Expeditionary Force "D".

The details of the reports are as follows:

1) 'Report on the Conservancy of the Shatt-El-Arab River from the Port of Basra to 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. ' (folios 1-7);

This report is separated into the following sub-headings:

(a) General Description of the River.

(b) Physical Characteristics.

(c) Obstructions to Navigation.

(d) Removal of the Outer Bar.

(e) Lighting and Buoying.

(f) Pilotage.

(g) Financial.

(h) Conclusion.

A number of charts and plans referred to in the report are contained in a seperate pocket at the rear of the folder (folios 21-29).

2) 'Report on the Development of the Port of Basra' (folios 8-18)

This report is separated into the following sub-headings:

1) Suitability of Basra as the Principal Port of Mesopotamia and 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. .

2) Trade Prospects.

3) Administration.

4) Works and Equipment.

5) Import Trade.

6) Export Trade.

7) Inland Vessels' Trade.

8) Trade with Southern Persia.

9) Miscellaneous private trades and industries.

10) Finance.

11) Charges on Vessels.

12) Dues on Goods.

13) Inland Vessels' Trade.

14) Land Rents.

15) Conclusion.

This report includes an appendix entitled 'A brief note on the future development of the Port of Basra and its communications by land and water, by Sir George Buchanan, Kt., C.I.E., Director of Port Administration and Conservancy, Indian Expeditionary Force, "D" (folios 16-18).

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1 volume (29 folios)
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Two thematic reports followed by a number of maps and charts that are referred to in the first report.

Physical characteristics

A bound volume with a pocket attached to its inside rear cover containing nine fold-out maps.

There is a foliation sequence, which 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. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last of the various maps that are inserted at the back of the volume, on number 29.

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