The crew are making fast ropes on the foc'stle head of their ship as she docks. The man towards the bow is holding a rope stopper on the main mooring rope as his colleague turns it up on the bitts, while the other man throws the heaving line back to shore.
This scene is commonplace on ships coming into port, and well illustrates the deck crew at work.
As a point of interest, these days they would be wearing protective clothing to comply with modern safety rules, but I have shown them in the casual clothing that used to be worn on deck not many years ago.
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