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File 815/1917 Pt 7 'Persian Gulf:- Lighting and Buoying. Lighthouse Tender, and Despatch Vessel.' [‎280v] (261/567)

The record is made up of 1 item (282 folios). It was created in 24 Mar 1921-4 Nov 1929. 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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in addition to her original duties, the duties of the lighting and buoying
tender, the Nearchus, which was put on the disposal list and. sold in 1J
The resultant weakening of the position cn the India Jfhce rus-a-m6- o. the
Foreign Office and Treasury was revealed by the subsequent estimate ol the
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. and the Director, Royal Indian Dianne, that in her dual
role three-fourths of the Lawrence s time would ]ie spent on the duties of
lighthouse tender. It became exceedingly difficult to argimeyen that a whole-
time despatch vessel had been an essential part of the 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. s
establishment at the date when, before the outbreak of war m 1-11, the
proposal was made to build a new vessel.
5 Eventually after the exchange of the marginally noted correspondence-
, with your Marine Department, a
* Government of India, Marine Department, - ....
letter 1067 M., 28th August 1923
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. letter P. 3758, 20tn December 1923.
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. letter P. 1995, 8th May 1924,
Government of India, Marine Department, letter
549 M., 7th June 1924.
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. telegram No. 2453, 29th August
1924.
Government of India, Army Department, tele-
ti-ram No. 612, 21st October 1924.
compromise was put to the Foreign
Office embracing terms of settle
ment not only of the long-standing
dispute as to the division of the
initial and recurring cost of the
political despatch vessel in the
Persian Uulf, but also of various
connected questions arising out of
the employment of the Lawrence as lighthouse tender in place of the Nearchus.>
The offer, which was made m my Political Secretary’s letter P. 42d7 of
Sth December 3 924 to the Foreign Office (a copy of which was sent to your
Marine Department on 11th December 1924) was that three-Jourths of the
recurring cost of the Lawrence should be regarded as a charge to be borne by
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. Lighting Service and defrayed from the revenue accruing
from the light clues to be levied from shipping; that the cost (Rs. 50,150) of
equipping the Laicrence in 1923 to perform the duties of lighthouse tender
should be shared by the Indian and Imperial Exchequers in accordance with
the arrangement which obtained till 1st November last in regard to lighting
and buoying expenditure in 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. ; that the Secretary of State for
India’s claim for a contribution of half the initial cost of the Lawrence would
be waived if the Government of India were allowed to retain the whole
proceeds of the sale of the Nearchus, which was built at the joint cost of the
Indian and Imperial Governments ; and finally that the Secretary of State
would waive his claim for a half share of the recurring cost in the past of
maintaining the political despatch vessel if the Home Government would
agree to contribute a moiety of the fourth part of the recurring expenditure
ascribable to political duties, from such date as Government should be
relieved of the other three-fourths debitable to lighting and buoying services.
6. In a letter dated the 20th February 1925 (a copy of which was forwarded
to your Marine Department by the mail of 2Gth February) the Foreign Office
accepted the first of the four inter related parts of the foregoing offer ; the
other three they rejected ; in particular, it should be observed that they
maintained the previously expressed view that any contributions, from Imperial
revenues towards^ the cost (Rs. 50,150) of equipping the Lawrence for
lighthouse tender s duties should be limited to the amount of the moiety,
strictly due to the Imperial Exchequer, of the sale proceeds of the Nearchus.
These were now known to have amounted only to a total sum of Rs. 30,510.
7. There the matter rested. It was evident that there was little prospect of
obtaining any modification of the Home Government’s attitude in regard to
the original claim lor a contribution towards the initial and recurring cost of
the 1 ohtical Resident s despatch vessel ; it was doubtful whether any success
w T ould attend an attempt upon the more assailable position taken up b} r the
Foreign Office and Ireasury in regard to the minor question of the cost of the
special equipment of the Lawrence in 1923.
h- f h© telegrams from 4 our Excellency’s Government in the Army
Department, No. 544 S., dated 18th March last,''and in the Foreign and Political
Department, No. 63C S., of the 31st idem, indicated that it was proposed to

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This part contains interdepartmental correspondence and memoranda relating to lighting and buoying in 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. .

Notable topics of discussion include the following:

The principal correspondents are as follows: the Viceroy of India; the Secretary of State for India; the Director of the Royal Indian Marine; officials of 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 Foreign Office, the Admiralty, the Government of India's Marine Department, the Government of India's Department of Commerce, and the Indo-European Telegraph Department ( 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. Section).

Also included are statements of expenditure for Nearchus and a précis of correspondence concerning Lawrence.

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File 815/1917 Pt 7 'Persian Gulf:- Lighting and Buoying. Lighthouse Tender, and Despatch Vessel.' [‎280v] (261/567), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/661/5, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100079404359.0x0000a4> [accessed 28 February 2020]

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