The colorful history of shore leave began centuries ago when sailing ships made extended ocean voyages possible. When these ships finally made port, the all male crews took the opportunity to indulge all sorts of drinking and debauchery, so much so that often the captains had to find replacement sailors. Even modern navy crews use shore leave as an opportunity to engage is extracurricular activities not afforded them in the close quarters aboard ship.
While the original is available, it is currently on consignment with the Lyman-Eyer gallery through the end of my upcoming show this July. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints are available for purchase at the Special First Day Price until Midnight ET tomorrow.