[Tagging] Wharf

Malcolm Herring malcolm.herring at btinternet.com
Tue Feb 16 18:14:25 UTC 2016

On 16/02/2016 17:41, James Morrison wrote:
> Is there a specific difference between mole and breakwater?

Yes, in both form and function. Breakwaters only serve to attenuate 
waves and are not designed for mooring. They are usually parallel to, 
and detached from, the shore and are often awash at high tide.

If a structure is both attached to the shore and has a mooring function, 
then it is either a mole or a pier.

As I said in my OP, all of these structures are frequently misnamed.

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