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File 3208/1908 Pt 4 ‘Persian Gulf: acts of piracy by Ahmed bin Selman near Katif [Turkish discourtesy to commander of HMS “Lapwing” at Katif]’ [‎61v] (118/358)

The record is made up of 178 folios. It was created in 9 Mar 1901-12 Aug 1908. 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 No. 8.
H.M.S. “ Lapwing m at Bushire ;
The 22nd June iqoj.
Sir,
In pursuance of your orders of 18th June 1907, I have the honour to report
that on Thursday, the 20th June, I spoke with several dhows on the Aboakul and
Shagata banks, and gained information that no cases of plague were on board
any of the dhows on these banks, and that the pearling season so far is not good
owing to the bad weather. No information as to the whereabouts of Ahmed bin
Selman could be obtained. I therefore proceeded to the anchorage off Katif
(7 miles from the town).
2. The following morning Lieutenant Roberts and myself landed to pay a
friendly visit to the Sheikh on Tarut Island, but could gain no information. I
also asked several dhows in the harbour with the same result. We then landed
at Katif; took donkeys to the gate of the town where we were met by the Port
Officer and the Customs Authority. We were insolently informed by these
officials, who caught hold of our donkeys’ heads, turned them to the beach again,
also hustling both donkeys and ourselves, that we were not allowed to land, or
see the 1 urkish Kaimmakam without written authority from Bassora or Constan
tinople. We then informed them that we would wait in the boat whilst they
informed the Kaimmakam that we wished to pay him a friendly visit, but they
told us that he would not see us, and they also refused to convey my message to
him.
3. By appearances I should judge that the orders for us not to land or pay
a visit to the Kaimmakam had been given by his orders, as his house is situated
by the landing place, and from information received, he was at home, and these
instructions came from him.
As the officials were so hostile to us, we embarked for our ship again.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
A. N. GOULDSMITH, Lieut.-Commander.
Major P. Z, Cox, C.I.E.,
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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
Bushire.

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Part 4 contains correspondence relating to attacks against Bahrain pearling dhows, committed by members of the Beni Hajir tribe and led by an individual named Ahmed bin Selman, in the waters around Bahrain and the Turkish administered territories of Katif [Al-Qaṭīf] and El Katr [Qatar]. The part’s principal correspondents include: 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 (John Calcott Gaskin; Captain Francis Beville Prideaux); 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Major Percy Zachariah Cox); the British Ambassador at Constantinople [Istanbul] (Sir Walter Beaupre Townley); the Ambassador to the Court of the Sublime Porte of the Ottoman Empire (Sir Nicholas Roderick O’Conor).

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File 3208/1908 Pt 4 ‘Persian Gulf: acts of piracy by Ahmed bin Selman near Katif [Turkish discourtesy to commander of HMS “Lapwing” at Katif]’ [‎61v] (118/358), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/156/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100028917964.0x000080> [accessed 18 November 2019]

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