Wharf

The Barbours Cut Terminal of the Port of Houston, USA. This cargo shipping terminal has a single large wharf with multiple berths.

A wharf, quay (/k/, also /k, kw/[1]), or staith(e) is a structure on the shore of a harbour or on the bank of a river or canal where ships may dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.[2][3] Such a structure includes one or more berths (mooring locations), and may also include piers, warehouses, or other facilities necessary for handling the ships. Wharves are often considered to be a series of docks at which boats are stationed.

  1. ^ "quay". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  2. ^ "quay". American Heritage Dictionary. Dictionary.com, LLC. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  3. ^ "wharf". American Heritage Dictionary. Dictionary.com, LLC. Retrieved 8 February 2010.