The Polynesien was built at La Ciotat in France like her sister ship “Australien”, “Armand Behic”, “Ville De La Ciotat”.  The ships were quickly recognisable by their length, low profile on the water, and by their double funnels painted black. The ships were painted white between 1895 till 1905. In 1891 she started operating between France and Australia, through the Suez Canal. LE POLYNESIEN       Le Polynesien    Location: 7 miles outside the entrance of Valletta Grand HarbourMaximum Depth: 70m Constructed: Launched: 18th April 1890Type: Passenger Vessel 172 1st Class, 71 2nd Class, 109 3rd Class, 234 “Rationnares” Weight (tons): 6659 Gross, 10300 DisplacementDimensions: Length 115m Builders: Owners: La Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes The Polynesien was built at La Ciotat in France like her sister ship “Australien”, “Armand Behic”, “Ville De La Ciotat”.  The ships were quickly recognisable by their length, low profile on the water, and by their double funnels painted black. The ships were painted white between 1895 till 1905. In 1891 she started operating between France and Australia, through the Suez Canal.    In 1903 they changed her route and operated between France and the Far East mainly transporting passengers to the French Colonies.   In 1914 it operated towards Australia and New Caledonia, before being dispatched back to Europe.                                                             On the 10th August 1918 she was hit by a torpedo from the U Boat UC22 and sank 10 people lost their lives.