Signs for HARBOR

Meaning: a place on the coast where ships may find shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, and other artificial structures.

Related signs: PORT, QUAY, WHARF, PIER, JETTY.

How to differentiate port, pier, jetty, harbor, dock, wharf, quay, and berth?

Basically, pier and jetty are extending out from shore into deeper water, typically "perpendicular" to a shore. The difference between jetty (solid in-fill) and pier (not in-filled) is that a jetty protects the coastline from the current and tides whereas a pier allows the current or tide due to its open structure.

Quay (solid in-fill) and wharf (not in-filled) are typically built in "parallel" to the shoreline. Berth is the water "parking spot" alongside the wharf or quay where a boat is docked.

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