The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 18 - then accompanied those boats to Bushehr in early August, 1777. Sheikh Abdullah al-Ma‘ini did not attack the ships coming from Muscat on behalf of the Persian government; rather, he did so owing to his alliance with Sheikh Rashid bin Mattar al-Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, who was at war with the Imam of Muscat. In early November, 1777, as Sheikh Abdullah alMa‘ini was in hot pursuit to seize two or three of Bushehr ships, the people of Bushehr managed to capture one of his ships and took it to Bushehr. It was Sheikh Nasser of Bushehr who later on released it.(8) On 2nd March, 1778, Two Bushehr ships, two Bandar Rig ships, two Janaveh’s and two from other Bandars, being 8 Jalboat ships in total, headed for Shatt al-Arab to transport the Persian troops from the east bank to the west bank of Shat al-Arab. On 16th March, 1778, the Shatt al-Arab was very busy with Jalboats carrying Persian soldiers.