handling a coil of 16 inch towing hawser (rope) at the Royal Navy
's Naval Stores Department, Nore, Harwich
, which supplies all sea-going ships with the stores and provisions that they need. Note that the coil is bigger than the men and they need 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.
A hawser passes through a hawsehole, also known as a cat hole, located on the hawse.