Situated on a rise at Tanjung Kubong is the famous "Chimney", a 106
feet high red brick stack believed to be linked to the coal mining
days of Labuan. The Chimney, 106 feet tall, was made from more than
23,000 pieces of red bricks imported from ngland. The bricks layering
and works are typical of British style.
The Chimney was long thought to be nothing more than a ventilation
shaft. However, recent findings revealed that there were no traces
of smokes or burning to suggest its use as a chimney as popularly
believed. Careful digging has revealed at least 12 layers of bricks
beneath the surface. The structure sits firmly on a large tract of
limestone rock containing rich kaolin or porcelain clay, which provided
the strong foundation.
The Chimney is still very much a mystery until today. Various hypothesis
has been put forward to its purpose. Some said it was an unfinished
mansion. While others said it was a light house beaconing passing
ships. In its heyday, a thriving settlement was built at the sea front
area below the Chimney. It was then used as a bell tower to announce
the arrival of ships to the residents below. It has become an intriguing
riddle that fascinates locals and visitors alike.