National Geographic : 1957 Feb
been treated to the sight of an American pre siding over his favorite afternoon function. An astute and very active administrator, Boustead is one of the most colorful figures in the Protectorate. A junior naval officer in World War I, he had found that service too dull, had deserted, joined the army, and fought in France. When, later, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, an Admiralty * pardon had had to be hurriedly sought before he could receive the medal. Through Boustead I came to know the late Quaiti Sultan, Sir Salih bin Ghalib. Already well along in years, Salih was the picture of calm but tired dignity. His interests were many, and here in Mukalla, off the beaten track, he pursued them with quiet enjoyment. His writings numbered a score or more of pub lished and unpublished books, ranging from learned treatises on Islamic law to textbooks 252 Water Sports in Mukalla Harbor + Honor a New Sultan Roughly 25,000 people live in Mukalla, capital of the Quaiti State, most important of the Protectorate's sultanates. Last summer they mourned the death of their sultan, then celebrated the accession of his son, Awadh bin Salih bin Ghalib. Here Sultan Awadh (front row, facing camera), with members of his court and British officials, watches Arab and Somali boatmen line up for the Accession Day regatta. + Celebrations continue with a tug of war in the palace courtyard.