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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]