the outermost end of a pier or wharf.
(in the Great Lakes area) a breakwater.

1675–85; pier + head

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Channel dredging to project depth will be restricted to an area no closer than twenty-five feet to the existing pierhead line.
They are generally small individual light towers built to mark a channel or pierhead.
In the first phase of construction, a new bulkhead will be installed along the bulkhead and pierhead line.
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