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File 252/1910 Pt 1 'Persian Gulf: Lighting and Buoying; the B.I.S.N. Co's buoyage system taken over by Govt of India' [‎305v] (615/891)

The record is made up of 1 volume (444 folios). It was created in 1907-1916. 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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neighbourhood be re-surveyed, the position and extent of the Madura shoal
verified and the absence of other dangers placed beyond doubt. The result
of this survey may conceivably indicate the necessity for modifications in the
position and type of the outer light proposed for this port. , . .
With, regard to the proposal to place an nnwatched light on the existing
beacon at Ras al Arz, it is found that the beacon is not suitably constructed
for supporting a light. _ n ,
A 12-mile light on a new structure adjacent to the site of the existing
beacon is recommended. n r n i
/\s it is necessary to maintain a watchman to guard the day mark at
Has al Arz from depredation by Bedouin, it would be inadvisable to place an
unwatched light at this point. ^ . .
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. anticipates no danger of interference if local light
keepers are employed. .
Sheikh Mobarak of Koweit appears to be much interested m the proposal
to light the port, and is unlikely to place any difficulty in the way.
Good water is available within a mile of the Ras al Arz site, but
arrangements for storage of water would be necessary on Kubbar.
There are three buoys marking the anchorage, maintained by the British
India Steam Navigation Company. No additional buoyage is required as
far as the anchorage is concerned. 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. desired that the
question of the channel into Shweikh should be gone into in view of possible
future developments.
It is considered that two small mark buoys will suffice, and that these
should be preferably provided and maintained by local arrangement, as this
Khor is only used as an anchorage lor 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. s launch, the
Sheikh’s steam yacht, and other small craft.
The light, fixed red, visible five miles, recently established at the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
by the Indian Government, meets all requirements as a harbour light.
Bahrein.
The Admiralty Conference propose the erection of—
(1) a 20-mile light on Fasht ad Dibal, and
(2) a 12-mile light on Muharrak.
While the usefulness of the former is apparent, the proposed light on
Muharrak is considered to be situated too far from the navigable channel to
offer complete facilities for entering the port by night.
It is possible that the establishment of a light on that island would not
be altogether palatable to the Sheikh, but, in the Resident’s opinion, his
objection could be overcome. In any case it is recommended that, instead
of this lighthouse, a small light vessel, or gas boat, be established half a mi e
outside the shoal near the present outer buoy, and that the existing Rasei a
and West Spit buoys be replaced by lighted buoys, the Jadum buoy being
retained in its present position.
A 10-mile floating light at the entrance to the channel as above suggested
would actually illuminate a more useful area than a 12-mile light on
Muharrak, while it would indicate, without doubt, the entrance to the
channel, which is necessary, if any scheme is to be effective.
A making light for the port from the east and north is necessary, and a
light having a range of about 20 miles on the north side of the reef at Faslit
ad Dibal would be in the best position.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, reports, plans, photographs, indentures and tables relating to the lighting and buoying of 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. .

The discussion in the volume relates to the transfer of the responsibility for lighting and buoying from the British India Steam Navigation Company to the Government of India, and the planning, costs of construction and the diplomacy associated with this.

Included in the volume (ff 303-310) is the 'Report of a Committee of Enquiry on the Lighting and Buoyages of 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. '. Key locations identified for lighting are: Muscat, Little Quoin, Jezirat Tanb, Sheikh Shuaib, Kubbar Island, Ras Al Arz, Fasht ad Dibal.

The volume is part 1 of 2. Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, year the subject file was opened, subject heading, and list of correspondence references contained in that part of the year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (444 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 252 ( 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. : Lighting and Buoying) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/168-169. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the loose spine with 444; 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.

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