INVENTORY FILE NO.
NAME OF PROPERTY
GOLD PAN M.C. AND GOLD SEAL M.C.
1985 - Augusta Gold Mines Ltd.
P.O. Box 57
Winnipeg, MB R2C
The deposit, developed by the Gold Pan shaft, is situated
within numerous lenticular quartz bodies located at the intersection of a
diabase dyke and a shear zone. The dyke and shear zone cut across Precambrian
porphyritic dacite and trachyte breccia of the Rice Lake Series.
The dyke is
9.2 m wide, 183 m long, and strikes 015°. The shear zone, averaging 1.5 m in
width, is 915 m long and strikes 330° vertical. At the intersection, the diabase
dyke shows a tendency to follow along the shear. Minor wall rock alteration is
The numerous lenticular quartz bodies follow the shear. Large
patches and cubes of gold were found concentrated against the south wall of the
Pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena are also present
MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The deposit is located 4.0 km southeast of Rice Lake, 4.0 km north of
Quensel Lake, and 1.8 km east of a road which branches southeastward from
Provincial Road No. 30.
Gold Pan M.C. 20753 and Gold Seal M.C. 21051
were staked over the deposit in 1914 by Angus Mcdonald and John Wood,
respectively. The latter claim was assigned to Angus McDonald later in
Shafts were sunk on both Gold Pan and Gold Seal M.C. and a mill
was built on the Gold Pan. Both claims were assigned to Thomas B.A. Price
in 1916. Dresser (1917) reported that high grade ore was reached in these shafts
prior to their closing in May 1916.
The claims were assigned to Gold
Pan Mines, Limited in July, 1917 and this company took $1400 worth of ore
from one or both of the shafts. Up until July 1920 most of the work was centered
on the Gold Pan shaft which was sunk to 58\m. A winze was later sunk an
additional 13 m. A total of 149 m of drifting was done. According to DeLury
(1921) the rich showings that were found in the sinking of the shaft were
gutted, though free gold was seen at several points in the underground
In July, 1920 Gold Pan Mines Limited reopened the 16 m deep
Gold Seal shaft. A 4 m cross-cut at the bottom of the shaft gave access to the
vein, along which a total of about 24 m of drifting was done.
Lease No. 54
was issued for 21 years on Gold Seal M.C. and a patent was issued on Gold
Pan M.C. in 1920. Canadian Mining and Leasing Corporation Limited apparently
obtained a 10 year lease on both claims in 1921. According to Cooke (1922) this
company worked the gold Pan M.C. on a small scale, and at a moderate
profit. The deposit is confined to a single face of the dyke 7.6 to 9.1 m in
length. The orebody is an almost vertical pipe.
In 1922 the Canadian Mining
and Leasing Corporation, Limited sublet the property to The Lake Superior Metals
Company Limited. In September (1922) the Gold Pan workings were pumped
out prior to stopping the remainder of the rich ore between the 31 and 61 m
levels (Wright, 1932). During 1923 and 1924 a total of 840 grams (27 ozs.) of
gold were produced from the property. Work ceased in 1924 with a 61 m shaft and
a 23 m winze having been completed. Levels were cut at 42, 60, and 138 m. Drifts
were driven 17 m S and 12 m north of the shaft on the 42 m level, and 92 m south
and 20 m north on the 60 m level (Davies, 1953).
The lease on Gold Seal M.C.
was renewed in 1941.
Gold Pan M.C. and Gold Seal M.C. were assigned to
Pan Preference Mines, Limited in 1945 and the next year an option was given to
Gold Pan Mines (1945) Limited. The underground workings of the Gold
Pan shaft were completely dewatered, and all accessible workings were
surveyed, sampled, and geologically mapped. A total of 3058 m of drilling was
done in 36 holes during 1946-47. In two separate reports W.R. Newman and C.A.
Campbell recommended against further drilling or underground development of the
Gold Pan shaft. Both concluded that the cost of underground exploration
and mining would undoubtedly exceed any possible returns obtained from the
extractions of rich pockets of gold that may exist (Manitoba Mines Branch
The property was assigned to S.J. Drache, Attorney for Gold Pan
Mines (1945) Limited in 1947. Gold Seal M.C. was cancelled in 1962 and
immediately restaked as Pop No. 16 (W35424) by C.J. Cryderman. A few months
later the claim was assigned to S. Taylor of Lode Mines Limited. This claim was
cancelled in 1964.
In 1971 Gold Pan M.C. was cancelled and shortly
after M. Jenkins staked a new Gold Pan M.C. W43557 over portions of the
former Gold Pan M.C. and gold Seal M.C. This new Gold Pan M.C. was
cancelled in 1973, but was restaked by J.A. Syme as Assin No. 15 W44729. Claim
W44729 lapsed in 1977, however J.A. Syme restaked the property in 1978 as MEL
W46040. Syme negotiated an unofficial joint venture with Corporate Oil and Gas
Ltd, Seaforth Mines Ltd., Onaping Mines Ltd and Musto Explorations Ltd. A
drilling program was undertaken in August 1980 and three shallow holes drilled.
In 1982 ownership of the claim was transferred to Augusta Gold Mines
There has not been any exploration activity on the claim since
Year kg (oz.) Gold
1919 3.51 (113)
1921 3.14 (101)
1924 0.12 ( 4)
Cooke, H.C., 1922: Geology and Mineral Resources of Rice Lake and
Oiseau River Areas, Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Summary Report, 1921,
Part C, p. 33.
Davies, J,F., 1953: Geology and Gold Deposits of Southern Rice
Lake Area; Manitoba Mines Branch, Publication 52-1, p. 38-40.
and Gold Deposits of the Rice Lake-Wanipigow River Area Manitoba; University of
Toronto, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, p. 117.
DeLury, J.S., 1921: Mineral
Prospects in Southeastern Manitoba; Manitoba Bulletin, p. 22, 23; Commissioner
of Northern Manitoba.
1927: The Mineral Resources of Southeastern Manitoba;
Industrial Development Board of Manitoba, p. 26,27.
Dresser, J.A., 1917: Gold
Bearing District of Southeastern Manitoba, Geological Survey of Canada, Summary
Manitoba Mines Branch:
a. Annual Report on Mines and
Minerals; 15th - p. 46,47,73; 19th - p. 56; 20th, p. 68.
Files; Gold Pan Mines Limited, Pan Preference Mines Limited, Gold
Pan Mines (1945) Limited.
Marshall, J.R., 1917: Gold-Bearing District of
Southeastern Manitoba, Manitoba Mines Branch, Summary Report, Part D, p.
Mineral Development Sector, 1945: Ottawa: Corporation Files; Gold
Pan Mines, Limited; Gold Pan Mines Limited.
Mines Branch, 1923:
Ottawa, Investigations in Ore Dressing and Metallurgy in Summer Report for 1921,
Stephenson, J.F., 1972: Gold Deposits of the Rice Lake-Beresford
Lake Area, Southeastern Manitoba; University of Manitoba, Unpublished Ph.D.
Thesis, p. 237.
Stockwell, C.H., 1945: Rice Lake (Marginal Notes); Geological
Survey of Canada.
Theyer, P., 1983: Geology of Gold Deposits in the
Bissett/Wallace Lake Portion of the Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, in Department of
Energy and Mines, Mineral Resources Division, Report of Field Activities 1983,
Report 17, p 101-109.
Theyer, P., 1984: Mineral Deposit Investigations in the
Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, in Manitoba Department of Energy and Mines, Mineral
Resources Division, Report of Field Activities 1984, GS-24, p 87-90.
J.F., 1932: Geology and Mineral Deposits of a Part of Southeastern Manitoba;
Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 169, p. 78.
Map 52L/13E, Manigotagan Lake (Topographic), Scale 1:50\000, Surveys
and Mapping Branch, Ottawa.
Map 4072G, Manigotagan Lake (Aeromagnetic), Scale
1:63\360, Manitoba Mines Branch and Geological Survey of Canada.
Beresford and Rice Lake Area (Geology), Scale 1:63\360 - Accompanying Memoir by
Wright (1932), Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 810A, Rice Lake (Geology),
Scale 1:63\360 - Accompanying marginal notes by Stockwell (1945), Geological
Survey of Canada.
Map 52-1, Geology of Southern Rice Lake Area (Geology),
Scale 1:9600 - Accompanying report by Davies (1953), Manitoba Mines
Map (Unpublished), Gold Pan M.C., 20753, Lot 18, Group 174,
(Survey), Scale 1:2400, Mining Recording Manitoba Mines Branch.
(Unpublished), Gold Seal M.C., 21051, Lot 19, Group 174, (Survey), Scale 1:2400,
Mining Recording, Manitoba Mines Branch.
Claim Map Series 52 L/13NE, Scale
1:31\680, circa 1962, Mines Recording, Manitoba Mines Branch.
About 92 m north of the Gold Pan shaft another shaft was sunk
on Gold Pan Frac. (21059) in 1916. This 12 m shaft, later deepened to 37
m, is on the same vein as the Gold Pan and Gold Seal shafts. Pan
Extension Gold Mines Company, Limited did most of the work and it was reported
that several shipments of ore were made to Trail, B.C. The ore was removed from
a drift on the 37 m level at a distance of 15 m from the shaft. Several assays
of the ore were made by the Ore Dressing and Metallurgical Laboratories,
Jan. 18, 1921 - two small samples
Sample 1 21.9 g/tonne(0.64
Sample 2 56.6 g/tonne(1.65 oz/ton) gold
May 27, 1921 - 952 kg
in 27 sacks
Lower grade lot (26 sacks) 0.60% copper 81.9 g/tonne(2.39 oz/ton)
Higher grade lot (1 sack) 0.70% Cu copper 514.6 g/tonne(15.01