Indian Ocean: Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf Pilot


Instructions nautiques: Océan Indien: Golfe d'Oman et Golfe Persique (Indian Ocean: Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf pilot) is a detailed guide to navigation in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. It was published by the Hydrographic Service of the French Navy and is substantially based on the Persian Gulf Pilot published by the British Admiralty in 1898. It includes information on the political divisions of the region as well as oceanography and meteorology. Early chapters describe the sailing conditions of the Makran coast (in present-day Pakistan and Iran) as well as of the Persian and Arabian coasts of the two gulfs. The pilot details the conditions at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, from Bushehr to the Shatt al Arab and west to Kuwait. The port of Manama in Bahrain, for example, is described as a town of 8,000 people, whose main occupations are pearling and farming. A well-maintained irrigation system keeps part of the area fertile and green, “presenting an unusually agreeable aspect not often encountered in the country.” Such terrestrial descriptions are rare, however, and most of the content deals with conditions at sea and on the immediate coast. Following these introductory chapters are an extensive alphabetical index of place-names and ten sepia-colored illustrations of the coastal topography. The book concludes with a list of the maps and other maritime documents for sale, such as statistical information, details of lighthouses, other pilots for areas from France to Australia, coaling stations, and international signaling codes. The work was published and distributed in 1904 by the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris.

Last updated: April 29, 2016