He enlisted in the Navy to pay for culinary school. He spent years training in a pitching galley, feeding the crew on a destroyer.
He served his time, got his degree, and started working in a professional kitchen. Eventually, he was even able to open his own gourmet restaurant.
But he felt depressed. He missed his early days in the Navy. He was never happier than when he was cooking on a boat. He closed the restaurant, and took a job on a cruise ship.
The sea was for Cookie, and that would have to be good enough for him.