I didn’t know I didn’t know . . .

July 23, 2018

I didn’t know I didn’t know the difference between a wharf,  pier, quay and jetty until I saw this:

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A wharf is built on piles and is parallel to the shore.

A pier is built on piles and extends out from the shore.

A quay is built on fill and is parallel to the shore.

A jetty is built on fill and extends out from the shore.

But is this right?

I consulted Professor Google and found a lot less certainty about the differences.

 

 


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