Providing a walkway out to sea, piers often give us a new perspective of the land we just left behind us. Piers have been built for several purposes, and because these different purposes have distinct regional variances. Piers made fishing easier back in time and giving a better protection to the ebb and flow. Nowadays we know the piers as a place combined with attractions and a pleasure lifestyle.
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The Halifax Pier, also known as Pier 21 is a pier with a lot of history bound to it, especially connected to World Wars. Halifax Harbour, along with Quebec City and Victoria, British Columbia were the major ports of entry for immigration to Canada in the steamship era. Pier 21 in Halifax’s North End, also known as the “Deepwater Piers”, was built in 1880 to process immigrants arriving on ocean liners. It also served as a major terminal for troopships and hospital ships in World War I. Pier 21 opened on March 8, 1928, and the Holland America liner SS Nieuw Amsterdam became the first ship to bring immigrants to Canada through the new terminal. Pier 21 opened for business at the same time that Canada launched a fleet of ocean liners called “the Lady Boats” based at Pier 21 and operated by the Canadian National Steamship Line, introduced to the public at a special lunch, press conference and tour for travel agents hosted by RMS Lady Nelson at Pier 21 on November 27, 1928 where the immigration facility was acclaimed as “the finest on the continent” designed to give Canada a competitive presence in Atlantic travel routes.
Halifax Pier is also the name of a canadian band.
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The Sopot pier is located in the city of Sopot, Polen, in the bay area between the cities Gdansk and Gdynia. The pier was built as a pleasure pier and as a mooring point for cruise boats. The pier first opened in 1827 and is nowadays the longest wooden pier in Europe. At first, when it opened in 1827 it was only 150 meters but has over the years been rebuilt, first to 315 meters and then to the contemporary length in 1928. To contrast, Southend Pier, the longest pier in Europe is 2158 meters long but constructed primarily of iron.
The Sopot pier stretches into the sea from the middle of Sopot beach which is a popular venue for recreation and health walks or public entertainment events, and it also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. It is also an excellent point for observing the World Sailing Championship, the Baltic Windsurfing Cup and the Sopot Triathlon taking place on the bay. Sopot pier consists of two parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised. The Pier also served as the pit stop in the fifth leg of the classic TV-show Amazing Race.
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In Washington State on the American West Coast the city Tacoma with its pier, by some also known as Les Davis Pier is located. Tacoma is one of the cities in the USA with the most rainfall per year.
The pier that originally was built for fishermen offers a great place to fish 24/7 with fantastic views. With a beautiful bay area the nature meets the port city in a harmonic way. Over the years the pier has become more than just a fishing pier, for example giving divers a starting point through a stairway that provides easy access to the water and it’s the site of an artificial reef under the surface.
Another fun fact about Tacoma is that the candybar Mars was founded here by Frank C Mars.