History & Heritage

Walter Christmas – The Fox in the Hen House

Danish Naval Officer Walter Christmas’ sharp eye recorded a very candid picture of Bangkok in the early 1890’s. The year is 1894 and the place a sleepy Copenhagen inside the ramparts. In the provincial atmosphere of the tiny little country and capital there were not many success stories to write and talk about, but Commodore Andreas Richelieu of The Royal Thai Navy in the faraway, amble rich and exotic Siam…

Phraya Vasuthep: The Good Danish Soldier of Fortune

Major General Gustav Schau – known in Thailand as Phraya Vasuthep – started in 1897 building up the Royal Thai Provincial Gendarmerie – an elite military police force under Interior Minister Prince Damrong Rajanuphab. When the Danish officer retired in 1915 this force had secured law and order in all corners of the Kingdom of…

H.N. Andersen: Myths & Realities

The founder of ØK, (EAC), Hans Niels Andersen (1852-1937) is a fascinating and impressive figure in Danish and Siamese shipping and industrial history, but I have been hesitant writing about him. The man, his life and career is still highly disputed among historians and journalists; the risk of mistakes and unfairness is big. However, on the…