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A structure, usually of timber and supported on wooden piles, built out into the sea at seaside resorts as an attraction for holidaymakers and for excursion steamers to come alongside. However, some jetties, which are basically solid structures, are, nevertheless, called piers, particularly where two of them may form the arms embracing a small harbour. Similarly, some piers, which are basically open structures, may be called jetties, such as those alongside which tankers lie to load or discharge oil.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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