wharf. A structure on the shores of navigable waters, to which a vessel can be brought for loading or unloading. [Cases: Wharves  4. C.J.S. Wharves §§ 1–2, 4–5.]

private wharf.One that can be used only by its owner or lessee. [Cases: Wharves  4. C.J.S. Wharves §§ 1–2, 4–5.]

public wharf.One that can be used by the public. [Cases: Wharves  4. C.J.S. Wharves §§ 1–2, 4–5.]
[Blacks Law 8th]