Cook, c. 1799. Ships' cooks were usually disabled seamen but were ranked as warrant officers. This cook is wearing the typical cook's dress of the Royal Navy. The average sailor's diet each week was 1lb (450 g) of ship's biscuit, 4lbs (1.8 kg) of beef, 2lbs (907 g) of pork, 2lbs (907 g) of peas, 1.5lbs (680 g) of oatmeal, 6oz (170 g) of sugar and 6oz (170 g) of butter, and 12oz (340 g) of cheese a week. These provisions were often rotten after months at sea.