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  • n. Plural form of pierhead.


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  • Artificial harbors were to be constructed on an exposed coast by sinking lines of blockships and concrete caissons to form breakwaters, with floating pierheads and pontoon causeways to serve as wharves and docks.

    11. The Liberation of France and Belgium, 1944

  • Seaward, white horses flecked the leaden water; a steamer hooted hoarsely, looming large under the low, sullen sky, as it came between the pierheads.

    Lying Prophets

  • It could only be used on the muddiest foreshore of the beach, far away from the bathing-machines and pierheads, below the grassy slopes of Fort Keeling.

    The Light That Failed

  • Casting the little craft adrift, I shipped the oars and paddled leisurely down the harbour until I approached the pierheads, when, noiselessly laying in my oars, I shipped one of them in the notch at the stern; and, sheering close in under the walls of the pier from which I had been hailed on the previous night, I sculled gently out to the open sea.

    Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War

  • The _Quernmore_ was now slowly passing out between the pierheads, and

    A Chinese Command A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas

  • Before we could raise our eyes from that engaging spectacle the schooner had slipped betwixt the pierheads of the reef, and was already quite committed to the sea within.

    In the South Seas

  • Everywhere they stood at pierheads, almost torn from their holdfasts by the furious gale, or they cowered under the lee of boats and boat-houses on the beach, trying to gaze seaward through the blinding storm, but nothing whatever could they see of the disasters on these outlying sands.

    Battles with the Sea

  • I answer -- sometimes on the cliffs, sometimes on the sands, sometimes on the sea, and sometimes even on the pierheads.

    Battles with the Sea

  • Just without the water-gate, is a basin, always connecting with the open river, through a narrow entrance between pierheads.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • The French, also, having driven piles outside the pierheads, and sunk four ships, it was found impossible to approach nearer the town, and the undertaking was therefore abandoned.

    How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900


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