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Parcel is strips of cloth, typically a cheap canvas, wrapped around an object to protect it. The classic example is the practice of parcelling a hawser, after it has been wormed. The parcel provides the hawser with an additional layer of protection from wear and, particularly if the parcel is sufficiently impregnated with tar, from water. A line thus parcelled is typically served, both to hold the parcelling in place and to add further protection to the hawser.

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