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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎50r] (100/133)

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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ueeeeearily «®ane that there are valuable deposit# of sulphur,
for there are exceptionally strong sulphur streams between
Borasjua and >allkl behind Bushire, but no one has yet shown
any interest in theia, apart from the local inhabitants who used
to collect the eulphui* In fleeces as an ingrsdisnt for hom+em&m
!&• Tit* next day we started out for Susannah which you
will find more easily on the mmp under the naae of iMUdaai, about
70 miles from Muscat* HickinbothaB seat a oar on ahead as a
pilot car, explaining that there were dangerous quioksaiids
along this coast, and that If one was oau^dit in one with a
rising tide it would certainly wean the loss of, st any rate,
one’s vehicle* For the first few miles the nulla bed lay
along the road to oshar but then forked to the ri^t and wound
its way over some ap>.ailing going on to the sea*shore* ft flew
like the wind along the beach while Bicklabeth«ti& explained that
it was fatal to slacken speed as one might get stuck in the
soft patches* ^hen 1 first went over the sand dunes to Mofuf
In 1931 with air Hugh discos 1 found the daudis had developed
a similar technique* cm* had to rush the dune at full speed,
ehaaging down at once if the engine laboured, sailing down the
far aide of the dune with very mueh the sensation of a 'sahuss*
on soft snow* ^bout half way the pilot oar got stuck and we
passed it without offering to help* x asked what would become
of it and Hloklnbothsm said that some fisher folk would pro bat ly
/ corns

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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.’ [‎50r] (100/133), 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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