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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Daniel Rose


Daniel Rose is thrilled to be re-joining the crew at the Marine Museum as an Interpreter delivering historic site tours and supporting program and collections work. Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History from Queen’s University (with a focus on Confederation-era Canadian history) in 2015 before completing a Master of Museum Studies degree at the University of Toronto in 2018. After spending several summers as a uniformed military interpreter at Fort Henry National Historic Site, Daniel was inspired to pursue a career in the museum industry in order to share his passion for local history. His previous experience includes two summers spent as a museum intern at Fort Henry and volunteering at the Museum of Health Care. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel served as assistant and team leader at Canada’s Penitentiary Museum for almost two years.

In his spare time, Daniel sits on the board of the Fort Henry Guard Club of Canada and is responsible for managing the Club’s collection. As the Club’s archivist, Daniel collaborated with staff and management at Fort Henry to produce the Spirit of the Fort Henry Guard exhibit, which opened in August 2018 thanks to funding from a City of Kingston Heritage Fund grant.



Caramel (aka "Cara")

Visitor Services and freshwater shark in training

Caramel joined the Museum in July 2021 as the Museum's unofficial mascot. On a typical day, Caramel welcomes visitors to the Museum and for Museum programs ensuring everyone gets an opportunity to give her a scratch and/or belly rub (she's not picky). Her other job is to guard the gallery and ensure no one commandeers any of our ships; she takes this role very seriously.

She is currently working towards her freshwater shark qualification which she expects to earn by summer 2022. Caramel is also one of our bilingual staff members.

Summer Students and Interns



Mikayla Barney

Museum Assistant, Summer 2021

Mikayla has a BA Honours in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in studio art and teaching. During her undergrad, she volunteered at many local art galleries like the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Button Factory Arts. Following graduation, Mikayla moved to Toronto to immerse herself in the local arts sector, and to work at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as an educator. She is very excited to be working with the Marine Museum this summer as a Museum Assistant funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Mikayla will work on developing and delivering educational programs with the Museum, communications and supporting the move- back to 55 Ontario St. She is continuing to learn more about museum work this fall by beginning the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College this fall.



Brooke Cowie

Museum Assistant, Summer 2021

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.




Maggie Doidge

Collections Assistant, Autumn 2021 Internship

Maggie is a fourth-year student at Queen’s University. She is working towards completing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree with a Life Science major and History minor. Although she is pursuing a career in medicine, Maggie remains deeply invested in local history. She grew up in Hastings County and enjoyed visiting places like the Glanmore National Historic Site during her childhood. Her passion for history further developed while working as Archives Assistant for the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County. In this role, she developed a special interest in maps, as she digitized and catalogued close to 1,000. Furthermore, Maggie saw her two passions of medicine and history align when she met a group of retired nurses from Belleville General Hospital (BGH) who had collected 80 years worth of archival materials. Given her previous experience, Maggie offered to, and continues to organize and catalogue the artefacts, with the hopes of one day establishing a BGH museum.



Alyssa Graham

Research Assistant, Autumn 2021 Internship

Alyssa is in her second year of her BA at Queen’s University. She is working towards a major in History and minor in Art History. Alyssa is delighted to be this autumn’s Research Assistant Intern at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. From a young age Alyssa has loved Canadian history. Only recently has she become aware of the great deal of work involved collecting, cataloguing  and protecting these stories. She feels this internship is a perfect opportunity to participate in this thrilling work. In the future, she hopes to work in the heritage sector.




Kohl Heinonen

Museum Assistant, Summer 2021

Kohl is a first-year student at Queen’s University. He is majoring in History and minoring in English, and is also in the Concurrent Education program. Following his summer internship at the museum, Kohl continues his work now as a Museum Assistant sharing his passion for history. He grew up in Kingston, having visited many historical sites and participated in city traditions since he was 5 years old. He hopes to help the museum continue to be an impactful site in Kingston, and aid in its relocation over the summer. Kohl enjoys working in any environment conducive to learning, and believes that experience in the museum, as an aspiring educator, will relay into the classroom.




Alexander Storing

Collections Assistant, Summer 2021 Internship

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, Summer 2021 Internship

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.




McKinley Zavitz

Programs and Communications Assistant, Autumn 2021 Internship

McKinley is a third-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University, studying history, geography, and law. She is interning as the Programs and Communications Job Shadow for the fall 2021 semester. McKinley is originally from Pickering and has grown up on the shores of Lake Ontario. She recently completed the Trent Severn Waterway by cruiser and has travelled other historic waterways including the St. Lawrence River. With an immense love for the outdoors and history, McKinley is excited to learn more about the history of Kingston and the Great Lakes.