Mariner Awards Announced

Coast Guard Person of the Year Petty Officer David Mann (left) and Mariner Award recipient Charlie Voight were recognized at the Mariner Award Dinner July 28.

Two iconic maritime figures and a Coast Guardsman were honored at the annual Mariner Award Dinner on July 28.

Charlie Voight, long-time cruise vessel captain and owner of “Charlie’s Smokehouse” in Gills Rock, received the award recognizing a living nominee.

Posthumous honors went to C. Ray Christianson, who had a shipbuilding career that spanned over 50 years and was one of the “founding fathers” of the Door County Maritime Museum.

Coast Guard Person of the Year honors went to Petty Officer David Mann who oversees and maintains all Coast Guard owned housing in the Sturgeon Bay area.

Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham read a proclamation declaring July 28, 2012 “Damage Controlman Second Class David Mann Day” throughout the city.

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