Saai Sanithawong (สาย สนิทวงศ์)
Thai. Name of a Siamese Prince,
who was a contemporary of King
to whom he was for a while court physician. He
was born on 25 February 1845 and passed away on 13 September 1912.
He held the rank of Navy Vice-Admiral and from 1887 to
1890, he was the first deputy chief of naval operations, until he in
that same year received the concessions to dig the first
irrigation canal of
a canal to be dug North of
in the East.
The project became his personal endeavor and legacy, which he
carried out under the name Siam Canal and Irrigation Company, and with the aid of his son
who –as a physician educated in Scotland– assisted his father both
in the field of medicine and in this company.
Construction took 14 years and by royal decree, the canal
was officially named
Khlong Rangsit Prayoonsak
Rangsit Prayoonsak (fig.),
the the 52nd child of King Chulalongkorn, who was also known as
the Prince of
However, as the team in charge of the project, a statue of Saai
Sanithawong and his son
today stands in a
Buddhist temple located along the canal, in close proximity to the Northern
Bangkok University, and
though the canal is
short often referred to as the Rangsit Canal,
the local populace usually
refer to it as
Saai (คลองเจ้าสาย), i.e.
His full name and title are Phra Worawong The Phra Ong Saai