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File 3208/1908 Pt 2 ‘Persian Gulf: Fuwairat piracy case’ [‎16v] (30/60)

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The record is made up of 29 folios. It was created in 1909-1912. 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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Correspondence relating to an incident taking place at Fuwairat, Qatar, in October 1909, in which a Persian vessel bound for Bahrain carrying a cargo of goats and firewood, was alleged by its nakhuda The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. to have been deliberately scuppered on rocks by the inhabitants of Fuwairat, and the cargo then sold at Fuwairat at prices below their Bahrain market value.

Correspondence from 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. at Bahrain (Captain Charles Fraser Mackenzie) details his attempts to substantiate the claim, estimate the financial loss suffered by the nakuda, and set the extent of the fine to be charged against the inhabitants of Fuwairah (ff 30-31, ff 26-28). Subsequent correspondence dated 1910, exchanged between Sir Louis Du Pan Mallet of the Foreign Office, and 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. officials, casts doubt on aspects of the case, and also questions whether any action can be taken on the El Katr [Qatar] coast, over which the Ottoman Porte claims sovereignty.

Correspondence relating to a second, similar incident at Fuwairah in 1912, includes renewed discussion of what action should be taken with regard to incidents of ‘piracy’ on the Qatar coast, with a copy of a letter addressed to Shaikh Jasim bin Muhammad bin Thāni [Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī] by 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. at Bahrain (Captain David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer) (ff 4-5).

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File 3208/1908 Pt 2 ‘Persian Gulf: Fuwairat piracy case’ [‎16v] (30/60), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/155/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100027886278.0x000028> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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