[Tagging] Wharf

James Morrison james.morrison at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 17:41:38 UTC 2016

Apologies but I've never come across the term mole, the equivalent
English article on the Wikipedia for the German article Mole and the
French article Brise-lames is the article Breakwater which has a tag
page on the openstreetmap wiki[1] is a approved proposal and seems to
have almost 14000 ways, there appears to be only one way tagged as
mole in the UK[2].

Is there a specific difference between mole and breakwater?

In my experience in Scotland a breakwater is often referred to and
acts as a pier.

1. https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dbreakwater
2. http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/erX


On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 5:19 PM, Malcolm Herring
<malcolm.herring at btinternet.com> wrote:
> On 16/02/2016 16:48, Jean-Marc Liotier wrote:
>> So is a mole a special sort of pier ? Then definition of "pier" in
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dpier is wrong, as it
>> is not always "a raised walkway over water supported by pillars".
> That definition of a pier is correct. Water flows under a pier but not a
> mole. So the outline of the projecting area of a mole is part of the
> coastline (or riverbank) whereas a pier is not. I use the tag
> "man_made=mole". Tags with "pier" in either key or value are inappropriate
> for a mole.
> Also, to complicate the issue, there is also an "open-faced wharf" as
> opposed to a "solid-faced wharf" (the usual case). An open faced wharf is a
> pier-like structure (i.e. a deck on piles over the water) but alongside the
> shore rather projecting from it.
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