Seven Seas Navigator enters Saint John harbor accompanied by two tugs. This is unusual as SSN is a maneuverable modern cruise ship that does not usually need tugboat assistance. However, SSN has arrived at high tide when the waters of the Bay of Fundy are pushing into the harbor at the mouth of the Saint John River. This onslaught of water is so powerful that it causes the river to flow upstream causing the Reversing Falls - - Saint John's most popular tourist attraction. It also makes docking a cruise ship more challenging.
Seven Seas Navigator is to dock at the Long Wharf at the far end of the harbor. To do this she has to travel across the harbor and then make a 90 degree turn. Once the turn has been accomplished, SSN will maneuver sideways and bring her port side parallel alongside the Long Wharf. However, as she makes the turn, the powerful current will be pushing against her starboard side, trying first to prevent her from turning and then trying to push her into the pier.
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