85-Year-Old Twins Want To Sail The World Until They Die

The flyers began appearing on walls and doors in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, during the first week of August.

“Brooklyn Sea Captain seeking crew!” they announced. In smaller print, next to an image of an old sailing ship, the ads explained that a “longtime Brooklyn contractor” was seeking 12 able-bodied men and women to join him for a two-year trip around the world aboard the Peacemaker, “a 158-foot three-masted Barquentine.” The boat would set sail on approximately Aug. 31, the ad said, and anyone interested should email a gentleman named Van Vollmer.