Persian Gulf Pilot, Comprising the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Makran Coast


Persian Gulf Pilot, Comprising the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Makran Coast is a guide to navigation in the Persian Gulf and adjacent waters. It contains detailed, precisely written descriptions of the features on the shores and the coastal waters of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Iraq, Makran (in present-day Pakistan and Iran), and the Gulf of Oman. The work was published by the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy in 1920 as part of its program of producing guides to navigation for all parts of the world. The information is largely taken from the British Persian Gulf Pilot, which, unlike the American version, is updated and published to the present day. Hydrographic pilots are sailing instructions to mariners describing the characteristics of waterways and harbors. They often are supplemented with updated charts, lighthouse lists, information about prevailing meteorological conditions, harbor regulations, and other information pertinent to seafaring. Users are cautioned that “except in well-frequented harbors and their approaches, no surveys yet made have been so thorough as to make it certain that all dangers have been found.” Indeed, only nine ports or anchorages are cited as principal harbors in the region covered in this volume. The book includes a glossary of Persian, Arabic, and Turkish words, a map denoting the scope of coverage, and a detailed index of geographic names. Interspersed with the general navigational notes in the first chapter are brief cultural comments about, for example, the Bedouins, who are characterized as dangerous; piracy (said to be well-policed); and the custom of offering presents to local headmen, which is recommended as a good idea. Apart from these few notes, the pilot offers little guidance about conditions ashore.

Last updated: April 29, 2016