Doug Cowie

Museum Manager

Doug began working at the Marine Museum in 2011 after spending 34 years in the marine industry working on everything from boats, building boats, and surveying boats to writing about boats and industry standards for boating safety. A lifelong sailor, he has logged many nautical miles of ocean sailing, but enjoys dinghy sailing most in Kingston harbour and an occasional spin on his DN iceboat.

Doug is also a Director on the Board of the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites and is a member of its Marketing Committee.

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Dr Michelle Clarabut

Programs and Communications Manager

Michelle joined the Museum in April 2019 with a background in research, education and advancement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Queen’s University in Art History and Italian, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in European Studies and recently completed her Doctorate in Cultural History from Royal Holloway, University of London. During her time at Royal Holloway, Michelle lectured in cultural history and worked in Advancement.

Michelle volunteers with the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites as Chair of the Marketing Committee and has been involved with numerous research and public engagement initiatives aimed at connecting people with the cultural heritage of Kingston. As a Kingstonian, Michelle also holds a personal connection to the Marine Museum, recalling fondly the visits she made with her grandfather all those years ago.

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Summer Students and Interns



Brooke Cowie

Museum Assistant

Brooke is a fourth-year History Major and English Minor student at Queen’s University and is also in the Concurrent Education program. She continues her work with the Museum this summer as a Museum Assistant funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Brooke will work on developing and delivering educational programs with the Museum, communications and supporting the move-back to 55 Ontario St. Brooke will begin her final year in the Concurrent Education program in the Fall of 2021 and looks forward to becoming an educator in the primary/junior division.



Alexander Storing

Collections Assistant Intern, Summer 2021

Alexander has a B.A. Honours in Classical Archaeology from Trent University and is currently working with the Marine Museum as part of an internship with the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College. They have a lengthy past and a passion working with marine and Great Lakes history from time spent as a senior interpreter, programmer, collections assistant, researcher, and shanty enthusiast at Nancy Island Historic Site. This summer they are greatly looking forward to doing their part in helping the Museum return to its historic location and to learn all they can about the rich history found in its collections.




Katie Worthen

Collections Assistant Intern, Summer 2021

Katie has a B.A. Honours in History and a minor in French as a Second Language from the University of Ottawa. During her undergrad, she also studied abroad in France and Germany, improving her language skills while deepening her understanding of European history. Following graduation, Katie moved back to Germany to teach English at the high school level through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst program, which was unfortunately interrupted by COVID-19.

History and museums have always been her passion however, which led her to Fleming College. Katie recently completed the in-class portion of the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College, and will have successfully completed the program after her internship here at the Marine Museum. Katie is looking forward to furthering her knowledge and experience in the museological field, as well as working on bringing the museum back to the historical Kingston Dry Dock while learning more about the history of Kingston and the Great Lakes.




Sheilagh Newland

Research Intern, Winter 2021

Sheilagh is in her final undergraduate year at Queen's University, doing a medial in History and Global Development. Sheilagh enjoys research projects as she is currently working on her thesis. Her internship at the Marine Museum involves a Canada Steamship Lines research project to develop an online exjhibit.

'History has always been a huge interest of mine, from learning more about the world, Canada or even about my own family lineage. I’ve also always loved exploring museums to look at the different artefacts and consider their context and effects on our world. This is why I am excited to explore more about the fascinating history of Canada Steamship Lines and the Great Lakes in general!'




Costa Wang

Collections Intern, Winter 2021

Costa is a fourth-year undergraduate student, studying Political Science and History at Queen’s University. As an avid history buff that began at a young age. Costa enjoys immersing oneself in exploring and discussing anything that is history and visiting sites that hold an immense historic legacy.

'I feel honoured to contribute to the curation and cataloging of the museum’s inventory and to learn the rich maritime history Kingston contributed to the Great Lakes.'