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Old September 21 2013, 06:08 PM   #23
C.E. Evans
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Re: Earth Spacedock and its true purpose?

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I'd say Wikipedia suggests otherwise, i.e. that a dock can be part of a port but a port is not the "lesser" part of a dock.
Sorry, but that's pure semantics. The terms are both used to describe places where ships are.
Yes, both describe places where ships are. But I believe there is a difference.
Not really. It's just terminology.

A dock is like a berth, the "parking spot" for a vessel, the location/structure that accommodates a ship.

A port includes dock(s) and also the supporting maintenance, cargo, fueling, quarters, other facilities.
In a real sense, that's my point. We're still describing a place where ships are parked. At best, it's the difference where a specific ship is parked and where multiple ships are parked.
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