Canadian Silver Hunter is a junior mineral exploration company, listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (symbol AGH, TSX-V), focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery and development of mineral deposits in Canada.
The Company's flagship project is the Keeley Frontier property, located near the historic Cobalt Mining Camp between Temagami and Kirkland Lake, in northeastern Ontario. The historical mining site, part of the now dismantled town of Silver Centre, is located 28 kms south of the town of Cobalt, Ontario in the South Lorrain Township, Larder Lake Mining Division.
CSH staked an additional 79 claim units (2012) covering just under 1300 hectares in close proximity to the Keeley Frontier property, to cover the extensions of known silver-bearing faults as well as the down-dip extension of the Silver Centre Nipissing diabase basin.
CSH has also acquired the historic Veinlode Silver Mines claims, contiguous to the Keeley Frontier to the west, and along strike, linking the Keeley Frontier claims to the Montreal River Extension group of claims.
2012 Drill Results
The Company completed a six hole 2058 metre drill program on the Keeley-Frontier project.
- Diamond drill hole CSH12-03 returned significant silver values in a potentially new structure between 111.0 and 122.3 metres downhole, including the following screen metallic assays:
- 1517.0 g/tonne over 0.3 metres
- 479 g/tonne over 0.4 metres
- 91 g/tonne over 0.3 metres
- The entire interval starting at 111.0 metres returned a composite silver value of 72.47 g/t Ag over 11.3 metres, including 168.22 g/t over 4.2 metres, with no individual silver assay below 2.4 g/t. This zone appears to be related to a new silver-bearing structure.
Other highlights include:
- CSH12-04 returned a composite silver assay of 25.9 g/tonne over 4.3 metres, starting at 254 metres downhole. These results appear to correlate to the north extension of the Beaver Lake Fault.
- CSH12-05 returned a composite silver value from the Beaver Lake Fault of 398.42 g/tonne over 1.9 metres., however 0.9 metres of this intersection was lost core or void due to the hole intercepting what is interpreted to be old workings at 258.8 metres downhole.
- CSH12-06 was drilled to test within 25 metres below and west of CSH12-05 in order to avoid the historic drift/stope area and returned a composite silver value of 58.21 g/t over 0.95 metres.
DDH results table 1
|Drillhole ||From(m) ||To(m) ||Silver gpt ||Length (m) |
|CSH12-01 ||105.8 ||106.1 ||6.5 ||0.3 |
|CSH12-02 ||285.75 ||286.05 ||3.3 ||0.3 |
|CSH12-03 ||111 ||122.3 ||72.5 ||11.3 |
|including ||117.9 ||122.3 ||168.2 ||4.4 |
|including ||121.6 ||122.3 ||923.9 ||0.7 |
|CSH12-04 ||254 ||258.3 ||25.9 ||4.3 |
|CSH12-05 ||248 ||249.9 ||412.6 ||1.5 |
|CSH12-06 ||253.85 ||254.8 ||58.2 ||0.95 |
*intervals reported are core lengths; true widths of mineralization are not known KEELEY PROJECT
The original discovery of silver mineralization on the Keeley property, leading to development of the Keeley Mine, was made in 1907 by prospectors J.M. Wood, R.J. Jowsey, and C. Keeley. In 1908 J.M. Wood discovered the Wood vein on the adjacent Beaver Lake claim.
Early exploration on the Frontier Mine consisted of shaft sinking in 1912 by the Haileybury Frontier Company, which became Haileybury Silver Mines Ltd. The Mining Corporation of Canada in 1921 amalgamated several companies and claims, including the former Compton, Little Keeley and the Keeley Extension properties into Frontier Silver Mines Limited.
Keeley Silver Mines Ltd., originally controlled by Anglo-Huronian Ltd., and Frontier Mines Ltd., originally controlled by Mining Corporation of Canada Ltd., were merged in 1961 to form Keeley Frontier Mines Ltd. This corporate entity was subsequently re-organized as Canadian Keeley Mines Ltd. in 1964, and became Keeley Frontier Resources Inc., in 1980.
Both mines have extensive underground workings. As summarized by McIlwaine (1970), during the initial operations 5 shafts were sunk on the Keeley property and 3 on the Frontier property. The main working shaft of the Keeley Mine was the No. 3 shaft, which extended to a depth of 174 metres. The No. 1 shaft was an emergency exit and ventilation shaft. The No. 2 shaft served as a prospect shaft for the No. 4 vein. The No. 4 and No. 5 shafts were prospect shafts on the Woods vein. In addition to the shafts, there were originally 6 winzes, but only 2 were operative in the 1960s.
At the Frontier Mine the No. 3 shaft sunk to a depth of 194 m was the main working shaft. The F8 and F9 winzes extended to depths of 415 m and 444 m respectively. In total 16 shafts and winzes were sunk on the property for a total of 2,513 m providing access to a depth of 427 metres. Development totals occurring between 1961 and 1965 consisted of 1,110 m of drifting, 598 m of cross cutting and 1,117 m of raising.
In 1962, Keeley Frontier dewatered and rehabilitated the Keeley and Frontier mines. During this period the two mines were connected by a main haulage way between the 6th level of the Frontier Mine and the 8th level of the Keeley Mine. Access and services were provided largely through the Frontier No. 3 shaft and the 828 winze, which was deepened to the 12th level. In the 1963-65 period 347,645 ounces (10,812 kg) Ag, 9,003 pounds (4,083 kg). Co and 14,358 pounds (6,512 kg) Ni were produced.
The Keeley Mine of Keeley Silver Mines Ltd., produced intermittently from 1908 to 1942 with most of the production occurring between 1921 and 1931. Total reported production was 12,154,353 ounces Ag (378,043 kg) and 1,617,684 lbs (73,377 kg) Co.
The Frontier Mine was operated by Mining Corporation of Canada Ltd. from 1921 to 1943 and produced 7,043,060 ounces (219,064 kg) Ag and 1,692,772 pounds (767,841 kg) Co and 26,516 pounds (12,027 kg) Ni (to 1965).
Combined total production is recorded as 19,197,413 ounces (597,107 kg) Ag, 3,310,556 pounds (1,501,643 kg) Co and 27,252 pounds (12,362 kg) Ni.
Actual production is higher than recorded because under the Delora Contract, the smelter accepted ore for either its silver content or its cobalt content, but not both metals. Credits were not readily given for minor elements present (Ni, Bi, As, Sb etc.).
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