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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎191r] (409/555)

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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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Captaln Nelson to take control of the wheel of the ship
and act as a Pilot, this would mean the assumption of
responsibility for the safe conduct of the ship; there
has never been any thought on our part that the Mooring
Director should assume such responsibility and, consequently,
I think it is really a misnomer for him to be classified
in any way as a Pilot. I hope you will be able to make
it clear that, in acting as Mooring Director, Captain
Nelson will be merely a private employee of ^he Bahrein
Petroleum. Company, and that his duties will not partake
of a public nature such as would inevitably be the case
were he to be a Harbor Master or a ""ilot.
"As I see it. Captain Nelson will really be our Port
Captain, looking out for our crnnindividual marine affairs.
In his capacity as Mooring Director for the submarine line,
it will be his duty to assist the tanker captains in making
proper connections between their ships and the hose at the
end"of the line. Picking up the hose and making the con
nection so that damage to the line will be avoided and no
oil will be spilled into the water is a job requiring
experience on the part of the man handling the operation.
Also, it requires expert guidance in making the disconnection
and placing the hose on the bottom without kinking, ready
for the next pick up, after the tanker has been loaded.
We have found, through our experience in operating other
submarine loading-lines on the Pacific Coast and in Mexico,
that many Tanker captains coming into a submarine loading-
terminal for the first time have only a hazy idea of the
accomplishment of the tasks involved in making the con
nections and disconnections. It is for this reason tha
we must have a thoroughly-experienced employee to serve _
as Mooring Director. Lack of experience and skill in this
work will almost inevitably result in damage to the line,
failure to make connections with the tankers, and loss of
oil. Captain Nelson was picked for this position on.
account of his long experience under varied condi^o 218 5 _
and we have full confidence in his ability to handle the
v/ork under any circumstance which may arise.
"It seems to me that the reply you have suggested is
entirely in order - except for ^ r f ere ^®
appointment of Captain Nelson as Pilot. From wha l
have said above, you will understand that I think the
reference to his capacity as Pilot should be eliminated.
Tours very truly.

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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)

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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