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The hole in the forecastle deck, or upper deck in those vessels without a forecastle, in the bows of a ship, through which the anchor cable passes. The hawseholes form the entries to the hawsepipes which lead the cables from the deck to the outside of the ship's hull. Large ships are usually fitted with three hawseholes, one each side of the stem, through which are led the cables for the port and starboard bower anchors, and a third just aft of the starboard bower through which is led the cable for the sheet anchor.

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