At least 15 man-made harbors dotted the shores of the Sea of Galilee, known in Hebrew as the Kinneret. The harbors consisted of two basic elements (see, for example, Gennesar, on the northwestern shore): a short pier jutting straight into the water, and a long curved stone breakwater, which protected moored boats from the violent storms that suddenly sweep across the lake. To enter the harbor, boats slipped through the narrow passage between the pier and breakwater.