PO Cruises Britannia Passenger Robbed St John’s Antigua – Michael Maycock, from the United Kingdom arrived in St John’s aboard P&O Cruises cruise ship Brittania on Monday, January 28, 2019.
He was sightseeing around midday at the St John’s Cathedral in the city when a man attacked him with a piece of wood. The man beat him with the object, pushed him to the ground and took away his wallet which contained $100 . He was also robbed of his debit cards and cruise ship card.
The robber, who escaped on foot, was dressed in a red T-shirt and described as “very tall in height, and dark in complexion”.
The present St John’s Cathedra with its imposing white twin towers was built on a fossilized reef in 1845, and is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures.
The iron gates on the south face of the church are flanked by pillars displaying lead Biblical figures of St John the Divine and St John the Baptist. They were taken by HMS Templein 1756, from a French ship destined for Martinique.
A unique feature in the cathedral is the pitch pine interior structure and cladding to provide lateral reinforcing for earthquake or hurricane loads. As a result that the cathedral is known by the epithet “a building within a building.”
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