Chitagong East Pakistan1971

I was led to believe that these particular Merchant Seamen can spend their entire lives afloat on the warm and deceptively benign waters of the Bay of Bengal. They came close to any ship at anchore (in this case mv"Manora" of the BISNCo.), in the hope of collecting empty beer cans to adapt into oil lamps, or any other scraps that might aid their families survival, between the harder extremes of flood, famine and mayhem. Too common a sight then to raise even a hopeful eyebrow for the future of that area. (Filmed by the ships Electrical Officer ( and light maker's unwitting assistant!) Tony Brooke.