DIRECTED WHITE STAR LINE
Came From a Family of Leaders in Maritime Matters Both Here and in England
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES
LONDON, Feb. 26---Harold Arthur Sanderson, the shipowner, died at Rapallo in North Italy this afternoon, according to private advices received in London. Mr. Sanderson, who had been in poor health for some time, left London a few weeks ago to recuperate on the Italian Riviera. He had intended to visit his daughter, who lives about twenty miles from Rapallo, but was taken ill and was unable to proceed.
Baltic's Flag at Half Mast.
The flag of the liner Baltic was lowered to half mast at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon when word reached the White Star Line of the death of Mr. Sanderson, a former chairman of the board of directors, who was also a former chairman of the board of the International Mercantile Marine Company. He occupied the latter post for fifteen years, 1913-28, after the resignation of J. Bruce Ismay.
One of a family that has furnished several leaders to British and American shipping, Mr. Sanderson was born about seventy-three years ago at Bebington, Cheshire, England, a son of the Richard Sanderson of London who in 1878 established the firm of Sanderson & Son in old State Street in this city. Harold A. Sanderson succeeded his father at the head of this business ten years later. But in 1893 he became general manager of Wilson & Sons, steamship owners of Hull, and he had since made his home in England. His residence was at Bentley, in Hampshire.
In 1895 Mr. Sanderson was made general manager of the White Star Line, and in 1899 he became a partner in Ismay, Imrie & Co., the line's managers. He was appointed first vice president of the I. M. M. in 1902. He had also been on the boards, in many cases as chairman, of Shaw, Savill & Albion, Ltd.; Atlantic Transport Company, Ltd.; Frederick Leyland & Co., Ltd.; International Navigation Company, Ltd., and other shipping companies. He was president of the Liverpool Shipbrokers' Benevolent Society in 1909. He held an honorary captaincy in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Married a New Yorker
Mr. Sanderson was married in 1885 to Miss Maud Blood of this city, who died in 1927. He is survived by two sons, Basil and Richard, and a daughter, Mrs. Lee Ballard, who live in England, and two brothers, Richard S. C. Anderson of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, who lives near Philadelphia, and Percy Sanderson of Vancouver, B. C. Two other brothers who died in 1926 were prominent shipping men: Lloyd Bowen Sanderson, the dean of his associates in New York, who was senior partner in Sanderson & Son and general manager of the Royal Mail and Pacific Steam Navigation Company, and Oswald Sanderson of Leeds, England, managing director of Ellerman's Wilson Line.
Among the clubs to which Mr. Sanderson belonged were the Royal Thames Yacht, Constitution, White's, City of London, Royal Yacht Squadron of Cowes and the Larchmont Yacht Club of Larchmont, N. Y.