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A wharf is a fixed platform, commonly on pilings, roughly parallel to and alongside navigable water, where ships are loaded and unloaded. The word comes from the Old English hwearf, meaning "heap," and its plural is either wharfs, or, especially in American English, wharves; collectively a group of these is referred to as wharfing or wharfage. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2595x1256, 494 KB) Panorama of the Metung Wharf in the marina on Bancroft Bay, an inlet on the Gippsland Lakes. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2595x1256, 494 KB) Panorama of the Metung Wharf in the marina on Bancroft Bay, an inlet on the Gippsland Lakes. ... Metung Wharf on Bancroft Bay Metung is a small town in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 315 km east of the state capital Melbourne. ... Gippsland Lakes is a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons in east Gippsland, Victoria, Australia covering an area of about 600 km sq, The largest of the lakes are Lake Wellington, Lake King and Lake Victoria. ... Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ... Look up Pile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Italian ship-rigged vessel Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large, sea-going watercraft. ... English language spread in the United States. ...


One false backronym claims that "wharf" stands for WareHouse At RiverFront. A backronym or bacronym is a type of acronym that begins as an ordinary word, and is later interpreted as an acronym. ...


In the northeast of England the term staithe or staith (from the Norse for landing stage) is also used. Dunston Staiths in Gateshead is one such example. Dunston Power Station, 1971 Dunston was originally an independent village and is now an area of Gateshead in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about Gateshead, England. ...


Well known wharves

Derby Wharf, Salem, MA
Derby Wharf, Salem, MA

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Tides of Change: Fisherman's Wharf 1870-1930 (1946 words)
Not until after 1884, the year the fleet was moved to the new state-owned wharves at the foot of Union and Greenwich streets, are the familiar views of fishermen gathered together on their boats mending nets and drying sails captured on film.
Tucked into the northwest corner of the wharf was a small boat slip, or ramp, which, combined with the davits lining the outboard face of the wharf, allowed the fishermen to haul out their boats for painting and repairs.
The new Fisherman's Wharf was located at the westernmost extension of the seawall, at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets.
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