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Boat fire changes Spring Ball plans for PC

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The Spirit of Boston sits at a dock in the Seaport.

An evening blaze aboard the Spirit of Boston ship on March 23 resulted in a change of venue for Program Council’s Spring Ball.

The annual event was set to take place on the ship April 13, but according to Traditions Chair Alessandra Rera, plans had to change as a result of the fire.

According to a press release from the United States Coast Guard, “There were no passengers onboard at the time, but the fire caused extensive damage to the ship.”

In a statement to The Journal, Petty Officer Ryan Noel from Coast Guard Sector Boston’s public affairs office said the Coast Guard has not yet released the cause of the fire and it is currently under investigation.

According to Rera, the company that owns the vessel reached out and provided PC with different options, including a free upgrade to their larger boat, the Odyssey.

When asked if the larger boat meant more ticket sales, Rera said the price is set per person and not for the boat, meaning the price would remain unchanged and PC did not budget for any additional sales.

When asked about any changes coming as a result of the change in venue, Rera said that the only change that will affect students is a change of address, which is closer to campus, for boarding. The event itself will feature the “same food, music, but with more room to dance and breathe.”

Rera said the event will continue as planned with the new venue and added that she is looking forward to the ball.

“Get excited, it’s going to be such a fun night,” said Rera.

PC’s “Glitz and Glam Spring Ball on the Water” will be held April 13. Boarding will take place at 60 Rowes Wharf from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Odyssey will be sailing from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Stephen Merrick, Staff Writer | he/him
Stephen is an undergraduate law major from Marshfield, Massachusetts. In addition to writing for the Journal, he is a member of the Suffolk University Debate team, and was previously the president of the Suffolk University Democrats. In his free time, he enjoys reading, fishing and scuba diving. When Stephen graduates, he hopes to join the United States Coast Guard.

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