He was the polar explorer from Dundee who survived a treacherous Arctic expedition only to die of a lip ulcer.
Thomas Fenton was second officer on Benjamin Leigh Smith’s vessel Eira which set out in April 1881 and included 25 crew, a cat, a canary and Bob the dog.
The vessel was a wooden-hulled icebreaker, an elegant steam yacht with a 50-horse power engine, built to Leigh Smith’s specifications at Peterhead, from where it sailed to the Arctic.
Fenton joined the Eira with a lip injury after smoking a new pipe during a sealing expedition in the spring.
His lip being subsequently frost-bitten gave rise to an ulcer.
He was a great favourite with the crew and his experience of voyaging in the Arctic was considerable.
En route to the Arctic, a remarkable photograph recorded a meeting at sea with another ship from Peterhead which included Arthur Conan Doyle.
Conan Doyle was the ship’s surgeon on the Hope which was seven years before he earned immortality by writing “A Study in Scarlet” and bringing Sherlock Holmes into the public gaze.