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'File 8/16 Bahrain Diaries 1938 to 1940' [‎23r] (50/376)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (184 folios). It was created in 19 Jan 1938-15 Jan 1941. 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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Secret
Intelligence Summary of 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. , Bahrain, for
No. 9 of 1938. the period 1st to 15th May 1938.
51. Shipping .
(i) S.S. Drachenfels (German) arrived here on the 30th
April and left on the 3rd May 1938 after discharging 8216 pack
ages for Bahrain and 1295 packages for transhipment tb the main
land.
(ii) Tankship Brajara (Norwegian) arrived here on the 30th
April and left on the 1st May 1938 with a cargo of 11,892 tons
of Crude Oil.
(iii) Tankship Hoegh Silver Star (Norwegian) arrived here
on the 30th April 1938 and left on the 2nd May with a cargo of
1000 tons of Diesel Oil.
(iv) S.S. Mantai Maru (Japanese) arrived here on the 6th
May 1938 and left the same day after discharging 255 packages
for Bahrain.
(v) S.S. Bradburn (Japanese) arrived here on the 6th and
left on the 7th May 1938 after discharging 7258 packages for
Bahrain.
(vi) S.S. Khuzistan (British) arrived here on the 14th and
left on the 15th May 1938 with a cargo of 4000 tins of Petrol
and 320 bundles Empties, after discharging 3903 packages for
Bahrain.
(vii) Tankship Netherland (Dutch) arrived here on the 14th
and left on the 15th May 1938 with a cargo of 8019 tons B-350
Gasoline, 1572 tons B-811 Diesel Gas Oil and 1710 tons B-400
First Grade Kerosene.
52. Movements of British Officials .
On arrival in Bahrain on the 1st May 1938, Sir Trenchard
Fowle, K.C.I.E., C.B.E., assumed charge of the office of Poli
tical Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . He left for Bushire on
the 7th May accompanied by his Under Secretary Mr. J. Croning,
M.B.E.
53 • Local Affairs .
A strong shamal has been blowing in Bahrain, and the
pearling fleet has been unable to go out to the banks. This
will probably result in a request for an extension of the fixed
diving season at the other end.
Meanwhile there is much depression in Bahrain at the news
that the pearl market is weaker than ever and that in the pre
sent state of world affairs there can be little hope of an imp
rovement •
54. Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. .
Nothing to report.
55. Saudi Arabia .
There are indications that in the near future the Cali
fornia Arabian Standard Oil Company will be sending across a
few thousand barrels of crude oil from Dhamman for refining in
the Bahrain Petroleum Company’s Refinery here.

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The volume contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the years 1938-40. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Most of the reports cover a two week period, though due to holidays and work pressures some cover an entire month.

The reports are split into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the reports is intelligence on the following:

Folios 166-182 are internal office notes.

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1 volume (184 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 186; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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