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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  24-Jan-2022 by Del Ferguson (DF)

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BCGS Map 092F014
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 092F03W
Latitude 049º 09' 59'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 125º 23' 50'' Northing 5448719
Easting 325253
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I06 : Cu+/-Ag quartz veins
I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Tommy K prospect is within the Kennedy River property, located on the east side of Highway 4 approximately 45 kilometres west of Port Alberni and 27 kilometres northeast of Ucluelet.

Upper Triassic andesites and andesitic breccia and tuffs of the Karmutsen Formation (Vancouver Group) are intruded by granodiorite of the Early to Middle Jurassic Island Intrusions and Tertiary dacitic dykes. The rocks are cut by northwest-trending faults which typically show intense shearing and local sericitization, silicification and pyritization over widths of 0.5 to 2 metres.

A 1400 by 200 metre zone of narrow planar quartz veinlets trends northeast through andesitic breccias and flows near the contact with granitic intrusives. The veinlets dip steeply and vary from 0.1 to 10 centimetres thick. Individual veins comprise coarsely crystalline quartz, about 10 per cent calcite and up to 2 per cent sulphides, which include pyrrhotite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, sphalerite and galena. The veins are locally silicified.

The Adit vein strikes 55 to 75 degrees for 70 metres, dips north and is up to 0.8 metres thick. A 15 centimetre sample of a vein (possibly the old Hidden Treasure vein), about 150 metres east of the adit, assayed 66.9 grams per tonne gold, 154 grams per tonne silver and 4.19 per cent copper (Assessment Report 9606). A 5-metre sample from a nearby trench assayed 4.2 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 12767).

The Tommy occurrence was discovered in 1933.

The deposit was worked in 1934 and produced 31 grams of gold, 62 grams of silver and 11 kilograms of copper from a total of 4 tonnes mined (Mineral Policy data).

From 1980 to 1981, owner W. Ejtel completed extensive systematic sampling and schematic mapping of blasted open cuts. The best sample (73-EG) assayed 1783.6 grams per tonne gold over 1 metre from the area of the Hidden Treasure vein, approximately 30 metres from the tunnel entrance (Assessment Report 09606).

In 1984, W. Ejtel optioned his Kennedy River property to International Phoenix Energy Corp., who in turn optioned the property to Teck Explorations Ltd. Teck then conducted grid-based geological mapping, soil geochemistry, ground magnetic and electromagnetic surveys, trench mapping and sampling and stream sediment geochemistry.

In 1985, Teck Exploration Ltd. completed trench sampling and prospecting. Sampling of trenches 3 and 4, within the main fracture zone and 170 metres apart, assayed 4.2 grams per tonne gold over 5 metres and 2.3 grams per tonne gold over 7.5 metres, respectively (Assessment Report 12767).

In 1987, Kerr Addison Mines Ltd. optioned the property and completed geological mapping, trench sampling and 1656 metres of diamond drilling in eight holes. Results were disappointing with most samples returning less than 0.07 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 16474).

The property was dormant from 1988 until 2009.

In 2009, G4G Resources Ltd. completed prospecting on the Kennedy River property. Highlights include sample 813502, which was taken from the main vein in the Tommy adit and returned 32.71 grams per tonne gold, 42.8 grams per tonne silver and 0.63 per cent copper (Assessment Report 31094).

In 2010, G4G Resources Ltd. contracted Auracle Geospatial Science Inc. to carry out a data acquisition, compilation and remote sensing program on the Kennedy River property.

In 2014, a rock sampling program focused on the Tommy K underground workings under the direction of owners J. Bakus and D. Patterson. Three chip samples from the adit vein (TKV-01 to TKV-03) returned values of 10.9, 37.2 and 48.9 grams per tonne Au; 19.8, 62.8 and 82.8 grams per tonne Ag; 0.27, greater than 1, greater than 1 per cent Cu. Two samples from the Tommy K dump (TKT-01 and TKT-02) returned values of 1.9 and 15.6 grams per tonne Au; 2.6 and 40.9 grams per tonne Ag; 0.04 and greater than 1 per cent Cu (35017).

EMPR AR 1934-A28; *1935-F48; 1939-42
EMPR ASS RPT *9606, 11940, *12767, *14279, *16474, *16729, *31094, 32332, *35017
EMPR BULL 20, part V, p. 26; 55
EMPR EXPL 1981-71; 1984-159-160; 1985-145; 1987-C141; 1988-C84
EMPR PF (Report by P. Eastwood (see 092F 032, Rose Marie); *Henneberry, R.T. (1987): Economic Potential of the Kennedy River Gold Camp, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (located in 92F 044, Bear file); Thin section analysis and assay result, 1983; District Geologist field notes, assay notes and results, 1983; Palka, J. (1989): Kennedy River Gold Camp, Executive Summary for International Coast Minerals Corporation; Drummond, A.D. (1984): Report on the United Tommy Group for International Phoenix Energy Corporation)
GSC MAP 17-1968, 1386A
GSC MEM 204, p. 28
GSC OF 463
GSC P 68-50, p. 38
GCNL #111, 1985; #131,1988
N MINER Nov.17, 1986
WIN Jan., 1987
Hudson, R. (1997): A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia, Vol. 1: Vancouver Island, p. 143