Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-14-2007, 07:32 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 32
What is a "landlocked harbor?"

I see on the Internet these "facts" so to speak and one that keeps popping up is San Francisco is the largest landlocked harbor. Well obviously San Francisco isn't landlocked so what is the definition. I see Seattle is named as a landlocked harbor too.
Old 08-14-2007, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Naugatuck, CT
Posts: 6,760
Landlocked = surrounded by land, so a landlocked harbor is one surrounded by land on all sides. Usually with a channel to enter.
Old 08-14-2007, 07:55 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posts: 11,386
So what's an example of a harbour that is not landlocked?
Old 08-14-2007, 08:11 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 14,216
Originally Posted by Cunctator
So what's an example of a harbour that is not landlocked?
Chesapeake Bay
Pearl Harbor
New Orleans
Duluth-Superior Port
New York City Harbor

And many, many more.
Old 08-14-2007, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Howdy
Posts: 19,550
If you assume the ocean to be to the right, a left parentheses would be a standard harbor, while a "c" would be landlocked.


Old 08-14-2007, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Naugatuck, CT
Posts: 6,760
Originally Posted by [email protected]
Pearl Harbor is pretty landlocked.
Old 08-14-2007, 08:48 PM
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,713
Google Maps view of Pearl Harbor.
Old 08-14-2007, 09:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Schlaraffenland
Posts: 20,611
Originally Posted by AudreyK
Amazingly, that is not at all pearl-shaped.
Old 08-14-2007, 09:30 PM
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,713
[urban legend spark]

Pearl Harbor isn't named that for its shape. It's called that because, due to all the debris floating in the water after the bombing making its way into the oysters, you are absolutely guaranteed to find pearls in the oysters there. Sometimes you get multiple pearls from the same oyster! Part of the Arizona Memorial tour consists of pearl diving! Try it yourself for an awesome souvenir!

As you may have guessed, the area called Pearl City, just north of the harbor, is built entirely of pearls pulled from the harbor.

Old 08-15-2007, 02:07 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,944
Originally Posted by AudreyK
Not bad... 8 golf courses slash country clubs within a few miles.
Old 08-15-2007, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United States of Amerigo
Posts: 284
Is a harbor not "land-locked" by definition?
Old 08-15-2007, 01:37 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 6,764
This seems to be an example of fudging the language. A landlocked country is a country surrounded by land on all sides, with no access to the ocean. Therefore, a landlocked harbor is impossible. Even if there is a tiny channel or river connecting the harbor to the ocean it's not land locked since it has access to the ocean. If one can call a harbor landlocked, then it seems like we could call Iraq a landlocked country, since only a small percent of its border touches the ocean.

Isn't English wonderful?

Last edited by marshmallow; 08-15-2007 at 01:40 PM.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 PM.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: [email protected]

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: good cheap cognac big toenail removal oven safe cups t4 bulb shape big wepons japanese porn censored five card charlie wet willie definition cheap sas shoes hitler first name multicolored beard brer meaning lobster bug does warm air hold more water when does baby take first breath twin tank air compressor what is intercollegiate sport if another vehicle is tailgating you, what should you do? is it possible to dodge bullets cpap air pressure too high 4 vs 6 cylinder engine take your stinking paws off me pawn stars experts wrong 60 year old mature women why does my dog whine when he has a bone