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POLYNESIEN

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Le Polynesien has a length of 152 meters and is therefore one of the biggest wrecks in Malta. It lies 7 miles off shore of Valetta at a depth of 65 meters. The wreck sits upright on the sandy bottom in one piece. Although it sank about 100 years ago it's still in very good condition, with many artefacts still on board. It's encouraged to take a guide. Only very experienced (wreck) divers.

Particulars

Length: 152 m. Gross Tonnage: 6659 tons. Displacement: 10300 tons. Passengers: 172 First Class, 71 Second Class, 109 Third Class, 234 'Rationnaires'. Propulsion: 1 Steam Engine, heated 12 coal boilers allowing a speed or 17.5 knots. On 10 August 1918 the French Polynesien was attacked by the German submarine UC22 and sank within 20 minutes with the loss of 10 lives.

Warnings

Don't take artefacts from the ship!

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POLYNESIEN Features

Nicknames
Le Polynesien, Plateship, Tal-Platti, SS Polynesien, Malta's Titanic
Address
N.v.t.
Parking
At boat charter
Distance
30 min.
Suitable for
Experienced divers, experienced wreck divers , technical diving
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access, by shot line or anchor line
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Technical diving
Current
Limited / strong / variable
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
25 m.
Depth
65 m.
Bottom
zand
Life
Moray, grouper, trigger fish
Other recreation
None
Emergency
112

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