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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  30-May-2022 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 092L2 Au2
Name PRIDENT, GOLDEN PEAK 4 (L.1032), PRIVATEER Mining Division Alberni
BCGS Map 092L006
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092L02W
Latitude 050º 01' 34'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 126º 48' 25'' Northing 5543838
Easting 657078
Commodities Gold, Silver, Zinc, Lead, Copper Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
I06 : Cu+/-Ag quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Prident mine lies in the Zeballos gold camp, on a west facing slope, east of Spud Creek and approximately 5.5 kilometres northeast of the community of Zeballos.

The area is underlain by a Lower Jurassic Bonanza Group Island arc sequence of basaltic to rhyolitic volcanic rocks. Conformably underlying the Bonanza rocks are limestones and limy clastics of the Quatsino and Parson Bay formations, and the tholeiitic basalts of the Karmutsen Formation, all belonging to the Upper Triassic Vancouver Group. Dioritic to granodioritic Jurassic plutons of the Zeballos intrusion phase of the Island Intrusions have intruded all older rocks. The Eocene Zeballos stock, a quartz diorite phase of the Catface Intrusions, is spatially related to the area's gold-quartz veins. Bedded rocks are predominantly northwest striking, southwest dipping, and anticlinally folded about a northwest axis.

The three principal Prident veins are hosted by the Zeballos pluton, a quartz diorite stock related to the Eocene Catface Intrusions. The quartz diorite stock is cut by several feldspar porphyry dykes. A large inclusion of granitized volcanic rock, possibly of the Bonanza Group was encountered on the 400 level of the mine for a distance of 60 metres. The three veins, dipping vertically and striking 040, 072 and 100 degrees respectively, follow shear zones and range up to 15 centimetres in thickness, although wider sections are present. Quartz gangue is ribboned with fine- grained pyrite and arsenopyrite. Locally, sphalerite, galena and calcite are present.

Three narrow short veins (3W, 4WA and 4W) were encountered and drifted on at the 400 and 750 levels.

Mine production of 43 tonnes in 1939 averaged 128.7 grams per tonne gold, 55.7 grams per tonne silver, 0.07 per cent copper and 0.7 per cent lead. Subsequent production is widespread with the Privateer mine (092L 008) with which the Prident Mines was connected at the 600 level. Current reserve calculations are similarly included with the Privateer mine. Indicated and inferred reserves situated both on the Prident and Privateer properties total 122,470 tonnes grading 17 grams per tonne gold (Canadian Mines Handbook 1988-89, page 333).

In 2005, Newmex Minerals Inc. prospected the area as part of the regionally extensive Zeballos property. In 2013, A25 Gold Producers Corp. prospected and rock sampled the area as the Pillars of Boaz claim.

EM EXPL 2001-23-31
EMPR AR 1939-A40,87; 1940-71; 1941-69; 1942-65; 1943-66; 1947-180; 1948-157; 1949-218
EMPR ASS RPT 27939, 34206, 37068
EMPR BULL 20-V, p. 18; *27, pp. 71-76
EMPR ENG INSP #61327-#61338, #61891
EMPR FIELDWORK 1982, p. 290; 1983, p. 219
EMPR PF (Various Plans and Profiles)
EMR MP CORPFILE (New Privateer Mine Ltd.; Prident Gold Mines Ltd.)
GSC EC GEOL 1-1947
GSC MAP 4-1974; 255A; 1028A; 1552A
GSC MEM 204; 272, p. 61
GSC OF 9; 170; 463
GSC P 38-5; 40-12, p. 14; 69-1A; 70-1A; 72-44; 74-8; 79-30
GSC SUM RPT 1929A; 1932AII, pp. 29-50
CIM Trans. Vol. 42, 1939, pp. 225-237; 1948, pp. 78-85; 72, pp. 116-125
CANMET IR *1939, Report 805, pp. 86-96 (No. 768)
CMH 1988-89, p. 333
N MINER Apr. 1938, pp. 39-45; Jan.26, 1939
Carson, D.J.T., (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island with emphasis on the Relationship of Plutonic Rocks to Mineral Deposits, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University, Ottawa
Stevenson, J.S., (1938): Lode Gold Deposits of the Zeballos Area