One of the least glamourous places visited by Bank Line ships was Vizagapatam in the Bay of Bengal – usually to discharge wheat. The author was there on 2 occasions, and has vivid memories of the 24 hour working alongside, while the stevedores bagged bulk grain throughout the night. The curly sandwiches left out on a tray and the hot and humid conditions etc! Many beggars, mostly children, shared the quay with swooping hawks.
Now a major tourist destination, it was a Royal Navy base overseas for many years.