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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎37r] (74/133)

The record is made up of 1 file (64 folios). It was created in 29 Apr 1940-1 Oct 1946. 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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?• Thf?« B«ca«d to mo pooiiitlXltloo for on oerodro^o on
Musa and X asked Xoeoek If he thought one oouda he made*

He told me that Bread, the .Axwtij* ^uper Intends«t at bharjah,
hod been over last summer and had said it sue im^oeeihle, but
that as he had arrived in a heat wave his vises had been
jaundiced* He had sset an ^ir ■..o^odort (whose name escapes me
who had some auout the eats# time to have a look at the Island
and he had said that there were possibilities, Xf occasion
offers neat cold weather X will try and get the Air Liaison
Officer over to have a look at it and will report his views,
i*ba Musa is only 30 miles from the Truolal Joast and has a good
water supply, but there is no sheltered anchorage for flying
8 , as I still had come time in hand before arriving at
Bahrain, and did not wish to altsr the date of my arrival, I
took the opportunity to g© over to . 4 »s Tanura* I have, of
course, seen it from the air many times, but it is from the
ground level that one realises how great a change has taken
place in ten years, Whereas when l last saw It in X 950 it was
on empty sand spit without even a fisherman's hut, there are
now si a huge oil tanks, and a seventh is approaching ©ample*
tloa, a large Just ©as building has been erected, and msegr
other bi*iMings were springing up and a nu^ibtr of cars could
be seen rushing backwards and forwards, X did sot attempt to
land, but was interested to see a British India steamer un
loading into huge barges, and afterwards discovered that she
had landed 48,000 bags of rice. The nearest of the California
Arabian standard 11 Company f s beacons was reached in about WO
minutes from the anchorage and was found to be a tags steel
tripod with the beacon erected on top of it, at a height of 30 feet from the hl^h water rmrk. The Jommander of the
/ •Bearchas"

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The file contains papers, mostly correspondence, relating to: a tour of Muscat by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Geoffrey Prior, 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and HM Consul-General, Bushire, in February 1940; his journey from Muscat to Bahrein [Bahrain] in the ship LT [Lighthouse Tender] Nearchus ; and a later tour of Bandar Abbas, Jask and Chahbar [Chabahar] in Iran by Prior in November and December 1943.

The correspondence includes the following letters from Prior to the Secretary to the Government of India External Affairs Department: a letter dated 26 April 1940, which consists of a detailed account of his trip to Muscat, including the day he spent at Kuwait with Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson, and a stop to refuel and meet the Senior Naval Officer at Khor Kuwai [Khawr al Quway‘] on the way to Muscat, with twelve enclosed photographs [IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 22; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 23; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 24; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 25; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 26; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 27; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 28; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 29; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 30; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 31; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 32; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 63]; and a letter dated 29 April 1940, recounting Prior’s cruise from Muscat to Bahrain, with stops at Qais [Kish] Island and Ras Tanura. Copies of these letters were sent from Prior to Roland Tennyson Peel at 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. .

The file also includes: a copy (sent from Prior to the Secretary of State for India) of a letter from Prior to Sir Reader William Bullard, HM Minister, Tehran, dated 28 January 1944, which contains a report of his tour of Bandar Abbas, Jask and Chabahar; a letter in response from Bullard to Prior dated 22 February 1944; and a letter from the Foreign Office to Bullard, dated 23 March 1944, regarding Prior’s report.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (64 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 66, 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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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎37r] (74/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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