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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎125v] (250/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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Enclosure to Serial No. (37).
Extracts f rom a Report of Proceedings of H. M. S. Penzance, covering the period
1st to SOth April 1936.
Tor. (11 th114th April).
14. The quarantine station, which is the chief feature of Tor, was “ out
of hounds ” even for a conducted tour during our stay as two pilgrim ships were
in harbour and their passengers were undergoing the prescribed three days in
the enclosure. The season for the return of the pilgrims from Jeddah to the
North appears to extend for some weeks after the actual festival, whereas those
from the South, who go through the quarantine station at Kamaran, tend te
ar rive earlier and leave directly the festival is over.
15. The two pilgrim ships were the s.s. “ Kawsar ” of the Misr line who
had distinguished herself by running on a reef South of Jeddah during one of
her trips this year and the s.s. “ Zamzam ” of the same line.
{Received on 13th June 1936, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 22, dated
28th May 1936.)
Letter from the Admiralty to the 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. , No. M.-1853J36, dated the 19th
May 1936.
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiraltv to transmit
for the information of the Secretary of Stat^ for India in Council extracts from
a report of proceedings of H. M. S. Bideford, together with an extract from t e
covering remarks of the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station, covering the
period 14th to 17th April 1936.
Enclosure to Serial No. (38).
Extracts from a Report of Proceedings of H. M. S. Bideford, together with an
extract from the covering remarks of the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies
Station, covering the period 14th to 17th April 1936.
(Extract from remarks by the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station dated
the 28th April 1936.)
2. The Commanding Officer, H. M. S. Bideford, has been instructed to
forward this flag to the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Aden, for retention and issue
to H. M. Ships visiting Shehr and Mukalla in normal circumstances, since it was
made to the design of His Highness the Sultan.
His Highness the Sultan Salab Bin Galab Alkaity Sultan of Shehr and
Mukalla, came abroad H. M. S. Bideford at 0915, on 14th April 1936. He was
accompanied by his son, Prince Sultan Amad Bin Sultan Galab, his Political
Minister and Secretary in India, Khan Bahadur Shaik Ali Baakza, J. P., his
Personal Secretary, Nawab Ahmed Beg Khan (a relative of His’Highness),
his Aide de (-amp, Mosin Bin Syead, an Arabic clerk and five servants.
2. A Guard was paraded when His Highness came abroad and the usual
marks of respect were paid. At 0930 H. M. S. Bideford sailed for Mukalla.
3. Two cabins had been allotted to His Highness and his son, and the after
end ot the Quarter Deck screened off for the remainder of the party. His
Highness and Personal Staff, however, had other ideas as to what thev required,
and annexed the after end of the Boat Deck for use bv day, and slept within the
enclosure on the Quarter Deck by night.
His Highness, his son and the three Personal Staff messed with me, the
remainder feeding on the Quarter Deck.
5. The ship anchored off Mukalla at 1705 on 15th April 1936. A great
number of native boats came out to welcome His Highness, while the shore was
lined with thousands of people. A Guard was paraded when His Highness left
the ship and a salute of eleven guns fired. A flag of suitable size has been made on
board during the passage to His Highness’s design, and was flown when the
boat went ashore. This flag consisted of a green Star and Crescent on a red
background. It was noticed, however, that all the flags flown ashore at Mukalla
were the usual plain red Mohammedan flag. When he arrived ashore His

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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