[Tagging] Wharf

John Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Thu Feb 18 03:30:00 UTC 2016

"Mole" is also used in English, with that same meaning.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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On February 16, 2016 8:48:53 AM Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wharf (US English) and Quay (British English) seem to be equivalent and
> describe a fixed structure that has land on one side and water on the
> other, but the French môle or brise-lames is different: it is a structure
> that protrudes into the water, but is normally narrow and often there is
> not even a walkway on it. It's also uses in German: Mole
> On 16 February 2016 at 15:26, Jean-Marc Liotier <jm at liotier.org> wrote:
>> TL;DR: man_made=quay unless objections are raised.
>> So I have a few nice harbour wharves to map...
>> I found landuse=wharf but it is only used 37 times:
>> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/landuse=wharf
>> man_made=pier is almost certainly not the solution, as
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dpier is explicit about
>> its use "for a raised walkway over water supported by pillars" - which a
>> wharf isn't: a wharf is solid masonry.
>> Ooops... I just found my solution while looking up details to document my
>> question - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wharf says "the term *quay* is
>> common in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and many other
>> Commonwealth countries, and the Republic of Ireland, whereas the term
>> *wharf* is more common in the United States". And indeed, looking up
>> "Quay" on Wikipedia redirects there - and the French language synonym for
>> wharf is "Quai" (though strangely it doesn't mention the French term "môle"
>> - which is a much better translation for "wharf"... I may have to put that
>> on my French Wikipedia TODO).
>> So, anyway, unless objections are raised, I'll be tagging wharves as
>> man_made=quay areas and I'll update 
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dquay
>> which is obviously incomplete (Now who is the numbskull who wrote this
>> page ? Ooops - it is me).
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