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Supply ratings handling a coil of 16 inch towing hawser (rope) at the Naval Stores Department, Nore, Harwich, which supplies all sea-going ships with the stores and provisions that they need. Note how the coil is bigger than the men and they are having to use a trolley to transport it.
The hawser is coiled on deck.

Hawser is a nautical term for a thick cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.[1][2][3]

A hawser passes through a hawsehole, also known as a cat hole,[4] located on the hawse.[5]


  1. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, p. 830 (ISBN 0-395-44895-6)
  2. ^ at"Hawser". 
  3. ^ American Heritage Dictionary Online. "Hawser". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ at"Cathole". 
  5. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, pp. 829-830 (ISBN 0-395-44895-6)
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