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File Created: 10-Mar-1999 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  10-Mar-1999 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)

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Name BLACK LEAD Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 103A080
Status Showing NTS Map 103A16E
Latitude 052º 47' 30'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 128º 00' 07'' Northing 5849562
Easting 567301
Commodities Graphite Deposit Types P05 : Vein graphite
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Undivided Metamorphic Assembl.
Capsule Geology

Graphite is reported to occur at the Black Lead occurrence on Kynoch Inlet, about 70 kilometres north of Bella Bella.

The mineralized rocks occur within a metasedimentary belt about 8 kilometres wide that extends northwest from Cascade Inlet to the head of Mussel Inlet and farther north into the Douglas Channel area. Typically, this Upper Paleozoic(?) package is comprised of biotite-hornblende schist, quartzite and limestone.

Several graphite occurrences, staked in the 1920s, were held by Western Canada Graphite Limited of Vancouver, of which the Black Lead was one. In a highly promotional prospectus (in Property File) published in 1929, the company described several graphite occurrences along Kynoch Inlet and one near Mussel Inlet to the north. The report states that graphite "has been found running through all these claims in such masses as to make the working of it practically a stoping or quarrying proposition. The veins containing it vary from 4 feet (1.2 metres) to 300 feet (91 metres); and the assays of samples taken show from 15% to 100% pure graphite."

Besides the Black Lead, the other graphite properties were Giant (103A 011), Green Giant (093D 018), Gem (093D 019), Grey Giant (093D 020) and Zenith (093D 021). No record of development exists for these properties.

EMPR AR *1929-C67
EMPR PF (*Prospectus, Western Canada Graphite Limited, 1929 (with sketch map of claim locations; Letter by Joseph T. Mandy (resident government mining engineer) disputing prospectus information)
GSC MAP 9-1966; 1328A; 1385A; 1424A
GSC P 66-25
GSC SUM RPT 1921, Part A, p. 25A