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Just curious, what did the gate valves supply water to???

Yes, removing the valves and putting a female blanking plug or pipe cap over the through-hull is a solution, but you may have a problem with thread type, since through-hulls are NPS thread and the pipe cap may be NPT thread. However, it will probably work in that case, but it won't be ideal.
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