Wharf

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A wharf (plural wharfs, or (especially in American English) wharves, collectively wharfing or wharfage) is a fixed platform, commonly on pilings, roughly parallel to and alongside navigable water, where ships are loaded and unloaded. The word wharf comes from the the Old English hwearf, meaning heap. In the northeast of England the term staithe (from the Norse for landing stage) is also used. A pier extends perpendicularly to the shore.


Related terms dock -- harbor -- marina -- pier -- drydock -- floating dock -- berth -- embarcadero -- quay.

Well known wharves

Image:Wharf_derby_wharf_salem_massachussets.jpg Derby Wharf, Salem, MA

  • Derby (1762), Hatch's (1819) and Central (1791) Wharves in Salem, Massachusetts are the last of the 50 wharves which lined Salem harbor. They are part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (http://www.nps.gov/sama/tour1.html), the only remaining intact waterfront from the US age of sail. In 1790, Salem was the sixth largest city in the country.

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