Abbreviation: ENGR (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 8,342 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, March 1892
Engineers were fewer in the 1890's than they are today, although they were more romantic figures, associated with daring bridges and gigantic ships. (There is one other engineer in the Canon: who is he?) Is the picture of Victor Hatherley at work in this story realistic to any degree?