Canadian Mining Journal


GOLD: Troubadour to acquire historic Zeballos mining camp on Vancouver Island

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Troubadour Resources announced that it signed a letter of intent with Surespan and its wholly-owned subsidiary Privateer Gold to obtain an option to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Privateer Gold.

Privateer Gold is the owner of the Surespan gold property, which is made up of crown granted mineral claims and mineral tenures that cover approximately 13 km2 on the west coast of Vancouver Island, about 180 km northwest of the city of Vancouver.

Within the claims, there is the historic Zeballos high grade gold mining camp which, according to Troubadour, was the site of a major gold rush in the 1930s and early 1940s. Later on, the area experienced a forced reduction of mining activity due to the lack of miners caused by the war. All operations ceased in 1944.

Since then, the property saw fragmented ownership until a recent consolidation incorporated the majority of the camp’s significant past producers, namely, the Privateer, Prident, White Star, Golden Peak, Gold Field, Spud Valley, and Mount Zeballos mines.

Historic gold resource at the Privateer and Prident mines is of 122,470 tonnes grading 9.26 g/t gold and 324,772 indicated tonnes grading 15.09 g/t gold or 36,461 oz. of measured and 157,565 oz. of  indicated ounces.

In a press release, Troubadour explained that additional surrounding grounds were also incorporated and that is what caught the eye of its management team. “The recent discovery of the 88 vein in the first modern day drill hole completed on the property provides evidence of this potential. Drill intercepts on the 88 vein include 1,386.50 g/t gold over 0.30 metres, 1,218.75 g/t gold over 0.20 metres and 436.17 g/t gold over 0.50 metres,” the miner’s media statement reads.

Now that the letter of intent has been signed, the companies have to negotiate and settle the terms of a binding definitive agreement. Besides the share acquisition, Troubadour will have to incur exploration expenditures of $350,000 prior to the first anniversary of the definitive agreement and a further $650,000 prior to the second anniversary.

“We are thrilled to be acquiring this exceptional asset and working closely with Surespan to discover and develop the true potential of this property,” president and director of the Vancouver-based firm Geoff Schellenberg, said in the media brief. “We are confident that the market’s enthusiasm for high grade epithermal gold properties combined with the outstanding merits of the Zeballos property will firmly position Troubadour to capitalize on the growing momentum in the gold sector.”

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