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File Created: 27-Oct-1986 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  29-Jan-2018 by George Owsiacki (GO)

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BCGS Map 093J091
Status Prospect NTS Map 093J13W
Latitude 054º 56' 27'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 50' 06'' Northing 6088527
Easting 446508
Commodities Copper, Gold, Palladium Deposit Types L03 : Alkalic porphyry Cu-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Windy occurrence is located 6.5 kilometres north of Salmon Lake, on the Salmon River, about 61 kilometres north-northeast of Fort St. James.

The Windy showing is underlain by poorly exposed rocks of the Upper Triassic Takla Group to the north and an extensively chloritized and sheared diorite intrusion to the south. The Takla Group is comprised of augite porphyry flows and minor tuffaceous sediments. Alteration minerals consist of chlorite and minor epidote, carbonate and sericite. Epidote occurs with quartz, chlorite and minor sphene in veinlets and alteration blebs.

Mineralization exposed in pits and outcrops consists of pyrite, chalcopyrite and malachite with low and variable gold, silver and palladium values. Chalcopyrite with minor pyrite occurs as disseminations, in veinlets in diorite associated with quartz and epidote and in quartz tourmaline veins (an example of the latter is exposed in a pit).

The average of five samples in 1987 assayed 0.36 per cent copper and 0.57 gram per tonne gold; a maximum palladium value from the samples was 1.25 grams per tonne (Assessment Report 15996). Bedrock chip samples in the Windy occurrence area averaged 0.9 gram per tonne gold, 0.23 per cent copper and 0.885 gram per tonne palladium across a sampled length of 8.0 metres in a schistose, chloritized diorite unit (Assessment Report 16597). A few hundred metres west of the occurrence, a 1989 Placer Dome diamond-drill hole, inclined easterly, intersected diorite-hosted copper and gold mineralization throughout its 104 metre length, including an intercept (true width unknown) of 0.192 gram per tonne gold and 0.16 per cent copper over 38.4 metres (Assessment Report 19853).

About 200 metres southeast of the Windy occurrence, sub-angular, malachite-stained, chloritized diorite float returned a grab sample assay of 0.336 gram per tonne gold and 0.73 per cent copper (Assessment Report 28025). About 300 metres south-southwest of the Windy occurrence, along the north bank of the Salmon River, a grab sample of malachite-stained diorite assayed 0.2 gram per tonne gold and 1.05 per cent copper (Assessment Report 14449). Partial results from a 1991 percussion drilling program in the general area indicate the presence of several anomalous intercepts, including 15.2 metres grading 0.12 gram per tonne gold, 0.15 per cent copper and 9.1 metres grading 0.30 gram per tonne gold, 0.21 per cent copper (Assessment Report 23838).

In 1985, Brinco Limited completed a soil geochemical survey over an area trenched by Richard Haslinger immediately north of the Salmon River. Brinco concluded that alteration, rock types and mineralization are compatible with a porphyry style of mineralization. From 1986 to 1990, Placer Dome Inc. completed soil geochemical (4451 samples), rock geochemical (63 samples), ground magnetometer (120 line-kilometres), VLF-EM (120 line-kilometres) and induced polarization (IP) (81.9 line-kilometres) surveys. They also completed the excavation of 11 trenches totalling 686 metres and the drilling of 15 NQ core holes totalling 2180 metres.

In 1990, Placer Dome optioned claims immediately to the west of Windy from Tex Gold Resources Ltd. and carried out a program of soil geochemical (1097 samples), ground magnetometer (14.7 line-kilometres) and VLF-EM (9.7 line-kilometres) surveys.

In 1991, Big Bar Gold Corp. joined in the Placer Dome option on the Windy property and funded a drilling program consisting of 24 percussion holes (total meterage unknown).

The area adjacent and northeast of the Windy claims (later covered by the Captain claims)was held by Hudson Bay Explorations as the Sam claims in 1994, at which time they prospected and collected a few samples. Also in 1994, in the same area as the Sam, Talisman Silver held the Gut claims where they collected 31 rock and 24 soil samples. This area was previously held as the Alpha claims.

In 1996, Columbia Gold Mines Ltd. optioned the Windy property and drilled eight NQ core holes totalling 547 metres.

In 2003, the Windy property lapsed and was re-staked as the Captain claims by Barney Bowen and Gordon Richards. From 2004 to 2006, Bowen and Richards carried out modest assessment work programs consisting of MMI geochemical sampling and prospecting on the Captain claims.

In 2007, Bowen and Richards staked a large block of claims east, northeast, west and south of the original Captain property. The expanded property is referred to as the Greater Captain (Assessment Report 30194) or the QTSP (Assessment Report 29908) property. The claims to the east and northeast cover the old Sam, Gut, Alpha and PM properties. Those to the west and south were staked to cover various geochemical and geophysical targets underlain by favourable Quesnel terrane geology. In 2007, all claims were subsequently acquired by Orestone Mining Corp. through a property purchase agreement between Orestone and Ruanco Enterprises Ltd. (Gordon Richards and B.K. Bowen).

In 2007, Orestone completed a program of MMI soil geochemical (521 samples), induced polarization (30.5 line-kilometres) and ground magnetics (30.5 line-kilometres) surveys in the northern part of the property (in what was the old Windy property area). Highlight of the work was the identification of a large, approximately three square kilometres chargeability anomaly locally associated with copper and gold soil anomalies. These coincident geophysical and geochemical anomalies are thought to be indicative of a porphyry-type copper-gold target.

In 2008, Orestone Mining Corp. carried out a program of NQ2 diamond drilling in the northern part of the Captain property. Six holes totalling 1103 metres were completed. Four holes (08-01, 08-04, 08-05 and 08-06) tested structurally controlled mineralization and two holes (08-02 and 08-03) tested a small portion of the three square kilometres chargeability anomaly. Only results for 08-02 were published (Assessment Report 30194).

In 2012, Orestone Mining Corp. identified an approximately 50 square kilometre area believed to be a zone of intense alteration and disseminated sulphides associated with altered monzonite intrusive centres. Representative core samples from a mineralized zone from 140 to 256 metres in drillhole C11-01 were submitted for petrographic analysis, and show an alteration assemblage of “very fine-grained ankerite-potassium feldspar with minor kaolinite sericite and abundant magnetite-hematite, overprinted in part by coarse grained potassium feldspar. Fine-grained chalcopyrite, is associated with magnetite and pyrite, is disseminated throughout the core interval”. Assays from this hole yielded an 87 metre intercept of 0.230 gram per tonne gold and 0.03 per cent copper at 127 metre depth (Press Release - Orestone Mining Corp., May 1, 2012).

In 2013, Orestone Mining Corp. released assay results for a 912-metre diamond drill program on the Captain project. Vertical hole C12-05 was drilled to a depth of 550.2 metres and was the most significant of the seven holes completed on the property, including gold values of 6.46 grams per tonne over 9.1 metres and 4.45 grams per tonne over 6.1 metres (high gold values cut to 1.6 grams per tonne; Press Release - January 14, 2013).

EMPR EXPL 1986-C345; 1987-C294,B46
EMPR GF 2000-2; 2000-5
EMPR INF CIRC 2011-1, p. 20; 2012-1, pp. 17,20; 2013-1, pp. 7,14,15; 2014-1, pp. 5,12,13,20;*2017-1, pp. 32,51,62,68,72
EMPR PF (Big Bar Gold Corporation Prospectus, 1987)
EMPR PF Placer Dome (Resistance Line Equations - Windy; Regression Analysis, Windy claims soil geochemistry, Au, Pd, Cu, Ni; Stats file - Windy soil; Windy Claims Soil Geochemistry Map Grids; Naslinger, R. (1986-06-26): Windy Property Exam; Unknown (1988-12-31): Windy Analyses; (1989-01-01): Windy V-216 - Petrographic Study Sample List; (1989-01-01): Field Notes - Windy; (1989-01-01): Sketch map of Windy claims; (1990-01-01): Overburden profile sketches - Windy; (1990-01-01): Soil Profile sketches - Windy; (1990-01-01): Windy '90 Drilling Representative rocks; GAD (1990-01-06): Geology of the Quesnel Trough map - Windy; Eco-tech Laboratories (1990-04-07): Windy '90 Soil Sample Results; (1990-07-20): Soil test pit sketch - Windy; (1990-07-20): VLF-EM survey lines at Windy; (1990-07-15): Field Notes II - Windy; (1990-07-24): Windy, V216 - 1990 Magnetometer survey; Deschenes, M. (1990-07-31): Summary Report on the Windy Drill Program; (1990-08-01): Section maps - Windy; RBP (1990-08-16): Windy Project - fill-in soils on new showing map; RBP (1990-08-16): Windy Project - fill-in soils on new showing map; RBP (1990-09-19): Windy Project - detailed soil grid, new showing area map; (1990-09-21): Field Notes III - Windy )
GSC OF 2801
Placer Dome File
PR REL Orestone Mining Corp., Jan.27, Dec.16, 2010, Sept.7, 2011, *Jan.9,23, Feb.23, May 1, Dec.11, 2012, Jan.*14, Feb.*12, Mar.*26, Aug.*29, 2013