INVENTORY FILE NO.
NAME OF PROPERTY
LOTUS MINE (Ling M.C.)
1985 - Walter N. Baker
15 Kirkland Street
Swastika, ON P0K
Centre of Ling M.C.
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 30°E 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).
MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
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
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).
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
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.
May 1982 - August 18, 1982: unknown tonnage and grade of ore produced
at a rate of 90 tonnes per day.
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
c. Non-confidential Assessment Files, File No. 91222,
McRitchie, W.D. and Weber, W. (Editors), 1971: Geology and Geophysics
of the Rice Lake Region (Project Pioneer); Manitoba Mines Branch, Publication
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.
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 62P, Hecla (Topographic), 1:250 000; Surveys & Mapping Branch,
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).
Hecla and Carroll Lake (Geology), 1:250 000; accompanying Report by Ermanovics
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.
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.
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