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File 4327/1911 Part 4 'Turco-Italian War: Red Sea Blockade' [‎42r] (79/140)

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The record is made up of 1 item (70 folios). It was created in Oct 1911-Mar 1912. 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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Paraphrase of telegram from Sir G. Lowther, No, 17
Constantinople. January 31st, 1912,
(received at Foreign Office January 31st)
Consular officer at Hodeidah in telegram No. 5 dated
January 26th, and only received here to-day, reports
to following effect:-
It was clearly stated in the notification issued
hy the senior officer of the Italian Bed Sea Squadron
with regard to the Blockade that permission would he
accorded to neutral shipping in port to complete oper
ations and leave blockaded area before January 30th.
A notification to this effect was accordingly communi
cated to British merchants and vessels. A large quan
tity of cargo had been prepared for the only British
ship in port yesterday when the Commander of the block
ading squadron announced that she would not be allowed
to load, thereby entailing serious financial loss to
vessel and commerce.
Please move Italian Government to telegraph in
structions to Commander before January 30th that ship
he allowed to load, and period of delay he extended for
five

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Part four consists of correspondence relating to an Italian blockade of parts of the Red Sea coast of present-day Saudi Arabia. Several matters are covered by the correspondence:

  • the classification of Turkish grain ships as contraband of war by the Italians;
  • the Italian blockade of Hodeidah [Ḥudaydah] and reported intention of extending it to Jeddah and Yenbo [Yanbuʻ al-Baḥr];
  • the Italian threat to bombard Hodeidah;
  • the appeal for British protection from the British Indian population of the town;
  • impediments to the embarkation of European goods;
  • the British demand for assurances from the Italians that the blockade will not be extended and British Indian subjects will be safe.

The correspondence is mostly between the Turkish Government, Turkish Embassy in London, 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. at Aden, British Embassies at Constantinople and Rome, and the British Consulate at Jeddah.

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File 4327/1911 Part 4 'Turco-Italian War: Red Sea Blockade' [‎42r] (79/140), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/196/4, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100029845259.0x000059> [accessed 25 May 2020]

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