MINERAL INVENTORY FILE NO.
769
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PRODUCT
GOLD
NTS AREA
63K15SW
REF.
AU 4
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NAME OF PROPERTY
CENTURY MINE
OWNER OF OPERATOR ADDRESS
1985 - Ram Petroleums Limited
52 - 401 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
OBJECT LOCATED
Prospect
MINING DIVISION
The Pas
Latitude
5452.2'
Longitude
10052.3'
Uncertainty (m)
200 m
UTM Zone
_____
Easting
_______
Northing
_______
L.S./Quarter Section
___
Section
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Township
68
Range
23 WPM
DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSIT
The property is underlain by Amisk Group andesite that is intruded by a quartz porphyry dyke that varies in width from 0.92 m to 3.01. Much of the porphyry is sheared, and the edges of the dyke, in some outcrops, are altered to sericite schist. The porphyry carries disseminated cubes of pyrite, is crossed by veinlets of quartz, and locally holds lenses and irregular banded masses of quartz up to 1.83 m long and 0.92 m wide. Some of the veinlets and quartz masses are well mineralized with pyrite, galena and chalcopyrite and carry values in gold.
ASSOCIATED MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
lead, copper
HISTORY OF EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The deposit is located on the NE corner of Century Island in Elbow Lake, 63 km E of the town of Flin Flon.
The deposit was first recorded in 1919 as the Webb (29467) by Thomas Webb and the Garbutt (29466) by William Garbutt. In 1920 the two participants exchanged one half interests in their respective claims. In 1923 Mrs. Catherine Webb obtained full interest in the Garbutt and William Garbutt obtained full interest in the Webb. Catherine Webb took out mining lease 549 in 1925 to cover the Garbutt M.C. The same year William Garbutt took out lease 690 on the Webb, M.C. During this period a small mining plant and mill were installed. A shaft was sunk on the Garbutt claim to a depth of 21 m. At a depth of 17 m a crosscut was driven 7 m and some drifting done. Work came to a halt in 1931 and in 1934, the equipment on the property was dismantled and removed.
In 1936 the property was acquired by Golden West Mines Limited, who were controlled (70% owned) by Century Mining Corporation Limited. During 1936 and early 1937 Century Mining Corporation carried out 1387 m of diamond drilling, followed by underground development. By the end of 1937 a 3 compartment shaft had been sunk to a depth of 88 m with stations established and some drifting carried out at the 38 m and 76 m levels. In 1938, 1068 m of diamond drilling was carried out and on the basis of development to that time reserves were estimated at 91 200 tonnes with an average grade of 10.97 g/tonne (0.32 oz/ton) gold and another 86 175 tonnes grading 9.25 g/tonne (0.27 oz/ton) to 10.63 g/tonne (0.31 oz/ton) (Northern Miner, February 27, 1941).
In 1941 a 90 tonne mill was constructed but after operating only for a short time the mill was closed down in January 1942 and all work on the property halted. Mining developments at the time included a raise to surface from the 38 m level, and part way from the 76 to the 38 m level.
Stopes were prepared on the 38 m level for a length of 46 m, and a similar development partially completed on the 76 m level.
The lease was renewed in 1946.
Early in 1946 work again began on the property. The shaft was deepened to 161 m and stations cut at depths of 114 and 153 m. Development work proceeded on the 2 bottom levels and in 1947 Century Mining Corporation acquired full ownership of the property from Golden West Mines Limited.
In the spring of 1951, 2951 m of diamond drilling was completed in 6 holes. The holes cut the deposit from 183 to 305 m vertically below the surface.
In 1955 the property was assigned to A.D. MacPherson. He renewed the 2 leases in 1967. In 1974 all interests in the property were transferred to Fairfield Projects Limited and then to Marwil Industries Ltd. In 1976 they were transferred back to Fairfield Projects Limited.
In 1979 Ram Petroleums Limited obtained an option to purchase the property, and in 1980 exercised its option. Proven reserves were estimated at 272\000 tonnes grading 12.0 g/tonne (0.35 oz/ton) gold in the Webb-Garbutt zones. The zones are open along strike and to depth (Mineral Policy Sector; Ram Petroleums Limited). In 1980 geological, geochemical, EM, and MAG surveys indicated extensions of the known veins. This was followed up with geophysical surveys and diamond drilling in 1981.
HISTORY OF PRODUCTION
The only recorded production was in 1942 when a gold bar weighing 1.85 kg (59.6 oz) was poured. Two weeks later the property closed down.
REFERENCES
McGlynn, J.C.
1959; Elbow-Heming Lakes area, Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 305, 1959.
Manitoba Mines Branch:
Corporation Files, Century Mining Corporation.
Mineral Policy Sector:
Corporation Files, Century Mining Corporation, Dwyer Elbow Lake Mining Syndicate Limited, Golden West Mines Limited, Ram Petroleums Limited.
MAP REFERENCES
Map 63 K/15W, Elbow Lake (Topographic), Scale: 1:50 000; Surveys and Mapping Branch, Ottawa.
Map 1072A, Elbow Lake (Geological), Scale: 1:63 360 - Accompanying publication by McGlynn (1959); Geological Survey of Canada.
Maps 63 K/15SW, Scale: 1:31 360; Circa 1972, Claim Map Series, Mining Recording, Manitoba Mines Branch.
Preliminary Map, 1977, CP-7, Elbow Lake, 1:50 000, Manitoba Energy and Mines, Geological Services.
URL
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REMARKS
The deposit flanks a magnetic high.
Diamond drilling was recorded on the nearby G.L., Arrow and Lindgren claims.
A second deposit, the Bow vein, 214 m to the NW of the property described, has been exposed by surface trenching and diamond drilling. The vein, located in schistose basic flows, is about 76 m long, and has an average width of 0.61 m. Mineralization is similar to that at the Century Mine.
NOTES
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Compiled/Revised by:
RM AJ JR
Date
02-76 06-81 10-85 19-- 20--

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