MINERAL INVENTORY FILE NO.
375
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PRODUCT
GOLD
NTS AREA
62P1NE
REF.
AU 3
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NAME OF PROPERTY
LOTUS MINE (Ling M.C.)
OWNER OF OPERATOR ADDRESS
1985 - Walter N. Baker
15 Kirkland Street
Swastika, ON P0K 1T0
OBJECT LOCATED
Centre of Ling M.C.
MINING DIVISION
Winnipeg
Latitude
51 08.98’
Longitude
96 06.49’
Uncertainty (m)
500 m
UTM Zone
_____
Easting
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Northing
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L.S./Quarter Section
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Section
22, 23
Township
25
Range
10 EPM
DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSIT
The deposit is situated within a quartz-filled shear zone in quartz-hornblende gneiss and hornblende-plagioclase gneiss of the Rice Lake Group. The quartz vein and shear zone dips 30E on the nose of an eastward plunging syncline (Russell, 1949).
Free gold is prominent in many parts of the quartz. Chalcopyrite and tetradymite, a bismuth telluride carrying some selenium, are also present. Pyrite is disseminated prominently in both quartz and the surrounding country rock (DeLury, 1927).
ASSOCIATED MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
N/A
HISTORY OF EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The deposit is located 3 km south of English Lake, 3 km north of Wanipigow River and 14 km northeast of Manigotagan.
In 1924 the Ling (33051) and Lotus (33052) claims were staked over the deposit by J. Raty, C. Hill and V. Mattson, respectively. The Lotus was optioned in 1926 by individuals representing Bradley Mining Interests (a private group). Detailed investigations were to commence in 1929. Up to this point the main vein on the property had been traced for 610 m.
In 1930, 10 bags of ore weighing 249 kg were shipped from the Lotus claim to the Ore Dressing and Metallurgical Division laboratories in Ottawa. Two separate samples were cut from the shipment and two assays were done on each sample. The samples averaged 22.49 g/tonne (0.81 oz/ton) gold, however because of the presence of the large proportion of native gold which was freed when crushing, the sampling proved difficult (Parsons, 1932).
The Lotus was assigned to S.G. Ruskin and S.H. Gould in 1935 who became Directors of Manitou Mines, Limited which was incorporated in the same year to develop the property. A total of 15 test pits were sunk on the No. 1 vein over a length of 627 m (Winnipeg Tribune, March 12, 1935).
Ling and Ling No. 1 (38008) were purchased from J. Raty by Manitou Mines, Limited for 125,000 shares. Sampling at the No. 1 shaft on Ling gave values of 34.29 g/tonne (1 oz/ton) across 1.5 m and a depth of 10.7 m. The Winnipeg Free Press (1935, Sept. 23) reported that Manitou Mines planned to carry out a drilling program on the claims. The only drilling reported however, was a four hole program completed on the Lotus claim in 1935. Hole No. 1 to 55.5 m and Hole No. 2 to 46.3 m was reported but without assays (Winnipeg Free Press, November 29, 1935). An extended program of diamond drilling was endorsed by the Directors of Manitou Mines, Limited in 1936, but apparently no further work was done (Winnipeg Free Press, March 12, 1936).
Lotus was cancelled in 1939 and restaked as Lucky Strike (W 9734) by F. Baker in 1940. No work was reported and in 1942 Lucky Strike was cancelled. Ling was cancelled in 1943.
In 1943 O.J. Quesnel staked Ling (W 11956) over the former Ling M.C. and Ling No. 8 (W 12630) over the Lotus M.C. The property was assigned to Strategic Minerals Prospecting Syndicate in 1945, and leased for 31 years as M 3654 and M 3657 respectively, in 1954. Trenching was carried out. The leases were converted back into claims and these were subsequently cancelled in 1976.
In 1978 CB 8344 and CB 9586 (Ling 2) were staked by C.J. Baker and by R. Hall, respectively over an area slightly larger than the original Ling and Lotus claims. The claim blocks were assigned to Esso Resources Canada Limited in 1979 and 1980.
In the spring of 1982, Esso Resources Canada looked into the "produceability" of the Lotus Vein (Northern Miner, March 4, 1982). A shaft was collared and an incline driven to below the orebody on CB 8344. The deposit was expected to produce 18\140 tonnes at a grade of approximately 10.29\g/tonne (0.30 oz/ton) gold (Manitoba Mines Branch). By May, 1982 about 90 tonnes of ore per day was being mined in a joint venture with Brinco Limited. The ore was milled at Brinco's mill in Bissett (Northern Miner, 82 05 06). Operations continued until August 18, 1982, presumably when the ore was exhausted. The claims were transferred back to W.N. Baker in 1984.
HISTORY OF PRODUCTION
May 1982 - August 18, 1982: unknown tonnage and grade of ore produced at a rate of 90 tonnes per day.
REFERENCES
DeLury, J.S., 1927: The Mineral Resources of Southeastern Manitoba; Industrial Development Board of Manitoba, p. 19.
Ermanovics, I.F., 1970: Precambrian Geology of the Hecla-Carroll Lake Map Area; Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 69-42.
Manitoba Mines Branch:
a. Corporation File; Brinco Mining Limited, Esso Resources Canada Limited, Manitoba Mines Limited, New Forty-Four Mines Limited.
b. Mining Engineering Files; Bradley Mining Interests.
c. Non-confidential Assessment Files, File No. 91222, 91224.
McRitchie, W.D. and Weber, W. (Editors), 1971: Geology and Geophysics of the Rice Lake Region (Project Pioneer); Manitoba Mines Branch, Publication 71-1.
Parsons, C.S., 1932: The Treatment of Gold Ores from the English Brook Area, Rice Lake District, Manitoba; Report No. 376 in Investigations in Ore Dressing and Metallurgy, 1930; Canada Department of Mines, p. 164-169.
Russell, G.A., 1949: Geology of the English Brook Area; Manitoba Mines Branch, Publication 48-3, p. 18.
Wright, J.F., 1932: Geology and Mineral Deposits of a Part of Southeastern Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 169, p. 90.
MAP REFERENCES
Map 62P, Hecla (Topographic), 1:250 000; Surveys & Mapping Branch, Ottawa.
Map 4097G, English Brook (Aeromagnetic), 1: 63 360; Manitoba Mines Branch & Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 48-3, English Brook Area (Geology), 1:31 680; accompanying Report by Russell (1949).
Map 11-1969, Hecla and Carroll Lake (Geology), 1:250 000; accompanying Report by Ermanovics (1970).
Map 71/1, Wanipigow-Winnipeg Rivers Region SE Manitoba (Geology), 1:253\440 -Accompanying Report by McRitchie and Weber (1971).
Maps 61 P/1NE (Claim), 1:31 680, Circa 1943, Claim Map Series, Mining Recording, Manitoba Mineral Resources Division.
URL
N/A
REMARKS
A vein exposed for 92 m with a maximum width of 0.46 m was found on the London claims, 1.6 km east of Ling M.C. Assay results on the Regina claim were 9.60 g/tonne (0.28 oz/ton) of gold.
In 1962 Newmont Mining Corporation drilled a 271 m hole on Brook No. 33 (Manitoba Mines Branch.
NOTES
N/A
Compiled/Revised by:
CC JDB JDB JR
Date
04-73 05-74 06-82 09-83 08-85