There are some comments under How do SpaceX intend to transport their starship/super heavy? referencing rockets in tight places including

whatever you do, don't send it thru the Suez Canal :-)

referencing the 2021 Suez Canal obstruction shown below in visible light and SAR.

Question: Are launch vehicles or payloads transported through the Suez canal very often? Has this ever been done?

"Bonus points" for an composite image with a superheavy sideways properly scaled next to the Ever Given.


Container Ship 'Ever Given' stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt - March 24th, 2021 cropped

Source "Container Ship 'Ever Given' stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt - March 24th, 2021"

ESA multimedia via Wikimedia: Suez_Canal_traffic_jam_seen_from_space

Source and original ESA source

[...] The two identical Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar instruments to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery of Earth’s surface, making it ideal to monitor ship traffic.

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    $\begingroup$ Possibly the British rockets & missiles sent for testing & launch to Woomera in South Australia in from the 1950s to the early 1970s - Blue Steak, Black Knight, Black Arrow & the satellite Prospero. Also potentially acquired German V2 rockets after WW2, in the late 1940s. Interesting: NY Times April 22, 1946. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jul 3, 2021 at 3:59
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    $\begingroup$ On second thought, probably not, due to the Suez Crisis of 1956 & the closing of the canal from 1967 to 1975 as a result of the Six Day War in June 1967. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jul 3, 2021 at 4:21
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    $\begingroup$ "Skylark components and payloads are made in the UK and then flown to Australia by transport planes. These include a special dedicated “explosives” transport plane that carries the rocket engines to Australia fully-loaded with their solid propellant. " $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jul 3, 2021 at 8:31
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting video of Blue Streak from the UK National Archives. Unfortunately it doesn't show how Blue Streak was shipped from London the South Australia. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jul 3, 2021 at 8:52
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    $\begingroup$ Me too. I'm looking at V2s in Australia. They were sent there as deck cargo in 1947. I presume given that UK still controlled the Suez Canal in 1947 it would be reasonable to assume they traveled through the canal. Fun at the fair? & this. I think the Blue Streak video stated the shipping duration was 4 weeks. From non related research I know it took ships 4 weeks to travel from Naples to Australia via the Suez Canal. ... $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Jul 3, 2021 at 9:53


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