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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎190r] (407/555)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 15 Apr 1934-3 Jul 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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His Britannic Majesty's Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. ,
Bahrein.
Dear Sir: ^

In a recent letter, No.PA-88 dated June 1st, I attempted
to briefly describe to you the duties of the so-called Mooring
Master at Bahrein. A letter has just been received from Mr. Lombard i
which contains a more complete explanation of the real nature of this
man's duties. Believing it will give you and through you His
Excellency Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifah a much clearer con
ception of the position than the former communication was able
to do, I am giving you herewith an extract of the information
contained in Mr. Lombardi's letter
"Perhaps the nature of the duties to be performed
by the Mooring Master (which term, we think, should
properly be Mooring Director) in connection with the
operation of our submarine loading-line has not been
made entirely clear to you. In the first place, some
misunderstanding as to the nature of the duties may
have arisen through the fact that Captain 3; els on was
originally referred to at times as the "Harbor Master .
From such a designation I can understand how tne Govern
ment could eas ily gain the impression that we desired
Captain Kelson to assume some jurisdiction over the
harbor itself - which, of course, is not the intention.
There is no desire for Captain Nelson's duties to con
flict with any proper governmental functions.
"I note also that there seems to be an impression that
Captain Kelson will serve as a Pilot, in addition to
his functions as Mooring Director. It has never been
our plan that Captain Nelson should serve as a Pilot
in the true sense of the word. He will, it is true
if requested - go out to meet the tankers as they come
into the terminal, and assist the captains in mooriLe,
their ships at the end of the loading line. Were

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain, the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Bushire and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the storage tanks calibration for the purpose of calculating the royalties payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain and on the first shipments of oil from Bahrain to Japan and Singapore.

The volume includes a copy of the draft lease contract with notes (folios 55-64), newspaper cuttings on oil in Bahrain and House of Commons' questions on Bahrain (folios 204-205). There are letters in Arabic with English translation, to and from the Sheikh.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258).

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1 volume (270 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation system starts on the 5th sheet with 1 and finishes with 259, wich is the last number given, on the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled and may be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Foliation anomalies: 56A and 56B; 57A and 57B; 58A and 58B; 60A and 60B; 61A and 61B; 61A and 61B; 63A and 63B.

Foliation omissions: folio 233

A second foliation sequence starts on folio 14 and continues through to folio 247; the numbering for this sequence starts at 13. These numbers are also written in pencil and may be located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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