chapter  II
Pages 13

Labu!ID harbour consists of a splendid bay for commercial purposes. It possesses a very wide expanse of deep, tranquil water, so that in places a ship can anchor at a very short distance from the shore. Nature has very kindly placed a group of small islands off the entrance to the harbour, which act as natural breakwaters. The island itself is on a fine trade-route; and, as a beautiful harbour with a coal-field within ten miles of it is a thing rarely to be found, it undoubtedly has its attractions. Of natural beauties Labuan has very few, but considering the island from a purely business point of view, there is perhaps no other harbour in the whole Far East offering so many facilities for the development of a mercantile port of the first order. It seems regrettable, therefore, that Labuan, after an existence of so many years, should still remain a comparatively obscure and little frequented island.