Archive Editions presents the first eight editions of the famous Pilot series of Guides to Navigation issued by the British Admiralty, published here as a set to present a cumulative picture of 19th and early 20th century Gulf navigation and to allow comparative studies at different dates. They contain fascinating descriptions of shorelines and coastal scenery, harbours and towns, occasionally unchanged to this day, but mostly long-vanished under modern developments.
Development of contents in successive editions
Each edition of the Pilot is revised from the previous edition, and often the text in any particular section will remain the same, or alter only slightly from one edition to the next. Change is gradual and progressive through the succeeding editions of the Pilot - a reflection of the transformation of the Gulf, piecemeal and imperceptible at any one point, cumulative and far-reaching over half a century and more. Gradually the contents and style of the Pilots assume a more modern aspect. In the introductory chapter meteorological detail is increased as well as information on maritime communications, coal and fuel oil, docks and repairs.
The later editions include illustrations, and the 1932 List of Views includes: View of approaches to Sur - Approaches to Muscat - Sohar town - Kalba village - Khor Fakkan - Musandam Peninsula - Cape Jask - Hormuz - Bandar Abbas approaches - Qishm island - Tunb and Bu Musa islands - Ras al Khaimah fort - Al Ajman town - the Shatt Al Arab control-vessel.