Hawse plug

Same as Hawse block (above).
(Naut.) a plug to stop a hawse hole.

See also: Hawse, Plug

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Shortly after landing on the island, it was Stirling who located both the iron fitting from a davit and the two halves of a wood deck hawse plug, which were used to cover the hole on a ship's deck through which the anchor chain ran into a locker below.