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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎37r] (73/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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caused the Shipping Agents who were unfortunate enough
be saddled with responsibility for him a sum of Rs.5,003/-,
and he had to be sent back to Spain with an escort of A o
i-o^icemen, one, of them an European Sergeant. The secoid
case is a coloured man. The tanker in which ho arrive
refused to take him away with a full cargo of oil, son of
w uch was inflammable; the Shipping Agents not unnatur- Jly
deny any responsibility on the owners’ behalf; and the' ~
Bahrain Government, although now saddled with him, do nee
••.msh to ..rye him for an indefinite period in the lunatic
asylum. All the parties concerned (except the lunatic)
complained to 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. that it was unfair to
saddle them with any responsibility in the matter.
120 • SHIPPING .
. 40 ships (13 British, 12 American, 8 Panamanian,
1 ^rwegian, 2 Dutch, 3 Swedish and 1 French) called at the
Scrio Bahrain during the period under report. Imports wore
cargo for Bahrain and 2308 tons for
general
2508 tons of general
transhipment to the mainland. Exports were 1 ton of
cargo and 310,014 tons of petroleum products.
121 » meteorological
Maximum temperature
Minimum temperature
Maximum humidity
Minimum humidity
Rainfall
109.9°F on 11-5-1948
73.1 0 F on 3-5-1948
85% on 12-5-1948
53% on 6-5-1948
Nil.
(SGD) C.J. PELLY
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. ,- Bahrain
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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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