Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Dock Definition:

An artificial basin or enclosure for the reception of vessels.

Related Terms: Wharf

In Clark v City of Los Angeles, Justice Shaw of the Supreme Court of California adopted these words in the court's official opinion:

"Dock ...  an artificial basin or inclosure  in connection with a harbor, for the reception of vessels.

"The slip or waterway extending between two piers or protecting wharves, or cut into the land for the reception of ships."

In Wescott v American Creosoting Company, Justice Backes of the Court of Chancery of New Jersey adopted similar language:

"Dock ... the slip or waterway extending between two piers or projecting wharfs for the reception of ships, sometimes including the piers themselves."

REFERENCES:

  • Clark v City of Los Angeles, 116 P. 966 (1911)
  • Wescott v American Creosoting Company, 97 A. 493, at page 494 (1916)

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