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File 8/9 Annual Report on the State of Bahrain for the year AH 1351 [‎76r] (156/200)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (96 folios). It was created in 3 Jun 1933-27 Jul 1933. 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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government would nermit his local agent to transhin
his cargo within the rort of Bahrain^re-payment oi the
two per cent duty, hrut without payment 01 the Import
Yard charges leviable if the cargo were landed ashore.
Since this arrangement did not aifect the right of tne
Bahrain government to collect the 2/o duty upon a lf
land cargo brought to this port, and was consistent with
other collections pf duty upon cargo transhipped here
by native craft, there was naturally no objection to the
proposal; and no doubt the B.I.S.N.&oy. were satisfied
to secure their freightage on such cargo.
However, while this understand A was being arranged,
the s.s. Tt Ahme r i tT a ship of the Nema^i. line, was char-
tered by certain interested persons, and laden with
15,339 packages for Bahrain, of which 6,938 packages
were manifested for the mainland nort oi Oqair via
Bahrain, and these packages were shipped partly by
Haiy Hassan bin Marzuk, and partly by the Bombay rela
tives of this man’s local -hgan^. ihe steamer
arrived here on 27th Jamad al Thania 13^1 (27th jctooer
1932) under the command of a Certain R. Parcou, who
declared that he had been specially chosen to command
this ship on account of Ms long experience m seaman
ship and mercantile negotiations; and he intended to
land the Bahrain cargo here, and to. proceed to Oqair
with the quantity^intended^for that port, and also to
buoy the channel in the neighbourhood o. has fanura tor
the benefit of future steamers going^xn that direction.
It happened that there was no Agent for tms steamer
in Banrain, and the government aid not sanction tne
appointmenu of certain persons who were invited to
work as Agents by the ship’s owners.
raruuu wao *e ra:ilS
here, his Bahrain cargo would not be permitted to oe
landed. Some lengthy discussion followed during
which the Commander of s.s. TT Ahmedi T ’ endeavoured to
insist on what he urged were his righuS to land c^rgo
here and to proceed on with cargo; and he wanted
it to be inferred that he was especially chosen by
some government authority for this vayag® particularly
to mark the channel to Ras Tanura, and the name oi
Captain Philby the Port Officer of Bombay was frequently
However the Bahrain government maintained its
attitude so the ship proceeded to Ras xanura where it
landed its mainland cargp and its Bahrain cargo, and
after returning to Banrain to land coolis,^9ler^s etc.
proceeded onwards to Busrehwhere it was said uo have
another charter-party awaiting it. me ^ommancier had
previously pointed out what heavy demurrage wpuld be
payable on account of the shiMs delay m arriving at
Busrah, and hinted that he believed his owners would
hold tie Bahrain government responsiMe ^or the cost
of such delay. These owners have, m tact, made,
such a claim; but I understand they are not pressing it
wisely enougn.
The effect of this incident is quite satisfactory,
fnr thfi authority of the Bahrain government m its own

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The volume contains the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the Hijri year 1351 AH. The report is written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The report was submitted by Belgrave 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. at Bahrain, Percy Gordon Loch, who then forwarded it to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process is included in the volume.

The report itself (folios 8-83), submitted in June 1933, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Revenue and Expenditure; Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Judicial; Land Registrations; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharraq Municipality; Artesian Wells; Agriculture; Sunni Wakf Department; Shia Wakf Department; Audit; Imperial Airways; Press Propaganda; Counterfeit Coins; Death of Shaikh Sir Isa bin Ali [Shaikh ‘Īsá bin ‘Alī Āl Khalīfah], accession of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa [Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah]; Bahrain Electric Supply; Customs; General; Miscellaneous.

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1 volume (96 folios)

The volume 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 inside back cover with 98; 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 present in parallel between ff 12-83; these numbers are also written in ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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