- an iron or steel pipe in the stem or bow of a vessel through which an anchor cable passes.
Origin of hawsepipe
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The Rose, with foam midway to the hawsepipe, went shearing alongside the barque within pistol shot.
Thus Mr Hawsepipe, in as authoritative a tone as though he were the first luff of a 120-gun ship.
We accordingly returned to the deck and summoned Hawsepipe and the doctor to our assistance.
Hawsepipe evidently knew how to construct a raft upon scientific principles.
Some time during the night I was awakened by Hawsepipe, whose trick at the helm it was.
- nautical a strong metal pipe through which an anchor rope passesOften shortened to: hawse
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