VANCOUVER – Westhaven Gold Corp. [WHN-TSXV; WTHVF-OTC] reported drill results from its continuing drill campaign at its 10%-owned, 17,623-hectare Shovelnose gold property located within the prospective Spences Bridge Gold Belt (SBGB), which borders the Coquihalla Highway 30 km south of Merritt, southwestern British Columbia.
Gareth Thomas, President and CEO, commented: “We are pleased to report the highest gold-silver intercept (857.64 gram-metres) ever drilled on the Shovelnose gold property, at the FMN Zone. Hole SN22-212 (23.03m of 37.24 g/t gold and 214.70 g/t silver) is over 2 km from the heart of the South Zone resource. We now have multiple gold mineralized drill intercepts at the FMN zone over 500 metres of strike length that begin at bedrock surface in areas with minimal overburden. We believe the FMN zone has the potential to contribute significantly to the property wide precious metals inventory. It is not uncommon in enriched epithermal systems to discover multiple high-grade gold chutes and, given the strong nature of this system and low drill density in this area, we believe there is going to be more high-grade chutes discovered along this ~4-kilometre trend.” Thomas goes on to add, “In addition to the drill currently located at the FMN Zone, a second drill has been added at the Alpine Zone focused on following-up on Hole SNR21-55, which intersected 3.13 metres of 45.23 g/t gold and 195.64 g/t silver. Recent drilling at the Alpine Zone has encountered similar geology to what was encountered in SNR21-55, including intervals containing marcasite, adularia and ginguro.”
Westhaven is reporting assays for 22 holes from its ongoing drill campaign at Shovelnose. Recent drilling highlights included drill hole SN22-212 (FMN: 93.94-116.97m) that returned 23.03 metres of 37.24 g/t gold (Au) and 209.52 g/t silver (Ag), including 1.12 metres of 294.00 g/t Au and 2,110 g/t Ag. (79.66-93.94) 14.28m of 2.07 g/t Au and 7.38 g/t Ag, including 1.34m of 12.95 g/t Au and 34.40 g/t Ag. (140.00-163.76) 23.76m of 1.45 g/t Au and 9.23 g/t Ag.
Hole SN22-211 (FMN: 86.00-122.00m) returned 36.00 metres of 3.74 g/t gold (Au) and 20.49 g/t silver (Ag), including 11.26m of 9.52 g/t Au and 50.03 g/t Ag, including 2.12m of 30.25 g/t Au and 115.99 g/t Ag. (22.44-64.61m) 42.17m of 1.16 g/t Au and 4.92 g/t Ag including 17.94m of 2.07 g/t Au and 8.32 g/t Ag, including 0.97m of 14.20 g/t Au and 18.65 g/t Ag.
SN21-194 (FMN: 317.99-320.23m) returned 2.24m of 12.45 g/t Au and 270.00 g/t Ag. SN21-197 (FMN: 25.80-81.15m) returned 55.35m of 0.96 g/t Au and 2.98 g/t Ag, including 11.93m of 3.18 g/t Au and 10.28 g/t Ag, also including 1.08m of 24.30 g/t Au and 79.30 g/t Ag.
SN22-204 (FMN: 24.98-64.00m) returned 39.02m of 0.89 g/t Au and 2.60 g/t Ag, including 13.79m of 1.80 g/t Au and 4.40 g/t Ag. SN22-205 (FMN: 45.00-79.00m) returned 34.00m of 1.10 g/t Au and 3.93 g/t Ag, including 21.00m of 1.66 g/t Au and 5.65 g/t Ag, and 2.00m of 5.01 g/t Au and 9.76 g/t Ag.
Peter Fischl, Exploration Manager, said, “Drilling on the Shovelnose Gold Project started this year at FMN in order to follow-up on higher grade intersections from last year’s drilling (e.g. hole SN21-161: 9.15 g/t gold over 15.97 metres) and broader intervals of near-surface mineralization (e.g. hole SN21-188: 0.76 g/t Au over 57.8m). This year’s drilling at FMN continues to intersect these two styles of mineralization. The breccias can form broad intervals of near surface gold mineralization such as in hole SN22-205 (1.1 g/t Au over 34.0m) and SN22-211 (1.16 g/t over 42.17m). Drilling continues to intersect higher grade intervals hosted in Vein Zone 1 as well, as seen deeper down in hole SN22-211 (9.52 g/t Au over 11.26m, including 30.25 g/t Au over 2.12m) and in SN22-212 (37.24 g/t Au over 23.03m). Drilling at FMN will continue on 50-metre spaced sections along strike towards the southeast to follow-up additional mineralization uncovered during 2020 drilling. A geophysical program is planned for FMN later this spring to assist in targeting Vein Zone 1 between FMN and Franz to the northwest.”