The ship Ever Given is not the first to be stranded in the Suez Canal...
Do you know the Yellow Fleet?
In 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Suez Canal was blocked for eight years, forcing 14 ships to be trapped in it. They were called 'The Yellow Fleet' because of the desert sand, which gradually covered all the boats. The war itself was over in six days, but the condition of the Canal was disastrous and the ships still had a long wait.
It was a catastrophe for international trade: the old route around Africa was reinstated, but this increased shipping costs. Three months after remaining in the Channel, the original crew members were allowed to return home, however, the ship owners were not very enthusiastic about leaving the ships alone and unmanned.
So the shipping companies began to send out rescue teams, which took over cyclically, all to protect the ships and their cargoes.
As in a real community, the members of the various crews shared tasks for the proper management of their "country". Polish crew members served at the post office. British crew members hosted football matches. One ship served as a cinema. Another ship was used as a hospital. On Sundays, the German ship became a church.
It was essential for the members to keep busy, as there was not much to do on the ships. What else was there to do besides parties, dance events and football matches?
Well, the desire to break the monotony led the "Yellow Fleet" to organise a real version of the 1968 Olympics. At the end of the game, it was the Poles who won... and they even created their own handmade postage stamps for the occasion!
In 1973 another war broke out: when the conflict ended with the ceasefire agreement, the world's leading nations began to exert external pressure to reopen the Canal. So, operations began to clear the Channel of all the piles of debris, landmines and old ships that had been left behind to create the blockade, but it took a full two years to clean up. On 5 June 1975 the Canal was finally reopened.