What is Wharf?

Legal Definition
A wharf, quay (/ˈk/, also /ˈk/ or /ˈkw/), staith or staithe is a structure on the shore of a harbor or on the bank of a river or canal where ships may dock to load and unload cargo or passengers. Such a structure includes one or more berths (mooring locations), and may also include piers, warehouses, or other facilities necessary for handling the ships.
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
A space of ground artificially prepared for the reception of merchan-dise from a ship or vessel, so as to promote the convenient loading and discharge of such vessel.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A perpendicular bank or mound of timber or stone and earth, raised on the shore of a harbor, river, canal, etc. or extending some distance into the water, for the convenience of lading and unlading ships and other vessels. Webster. A broad, plain place near a river, canal, or other water, to lay wares on that are brought to or from the water. Cowell. A wharf is a structure erected on a shore below high-water mark, and sometimes extending into the channel, for the laying vessels alongside to load or unload, and on which stores are often erected for the reception of cargoes. Doane v. Broad Street Ass'n, 6 Mass. 332; Langdon v. New York, 93 N. Y. 151; Dubuque v. Stout, 32 Iowa, 47; Geiger v. Filor, 8 Fla. 332 ; Palen v. Ocean City, 64 N. J. Law, 669, 46 Atl. 774.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A structure adjacent to navigable water of sufficient depth to float vessels, affording convenient accommodation for the loading and unloading of vessels. See 93 N. Y. 129.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary