The SS United States Foundation does not oppose the commercial restoration of the vessel and indeed would work with any future owner, as we are now doing. As a 501c3 non profit preservationist organization, however, we cannot and will not act as a "broker", nor may any officer or voting member of this organization individually engage in business dealings to secure a personal commission for the sale of the SS United States while serving or representing this organization.
Conversely, non-voting members of the SS United States Foundation may of their own free will broker any sort of deal to purchase the ship, so long as they do not act as a representative and or on the behalf of the SS United States Foundation.
Should a potential owner of the ship hears of it through our efforts, then solicits information about the history of the ship to assist them in their decision to purchase the ship, they should be directed to the SS United States Foundation Headquarters in Washington, DC. If this potential owner succeeds in purchasing the vessel and wishes to acknowledge our efforts and assistance with a donation, naturally this is entirely acceptable.
I hope this clears up any questions. Please feel free to contact me if you're not sure about rules governing the ethical standards of a 501c3 non profit organization.
Robert Hudson Westover
SS United States Foundation