Orion North Extended to the North-East Along Trend Towards Hammerdown
TORONTO, ON (March 31, 2021) - Maritime Resources Corp. (TSX.V: MAE) (“Maritime” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide assay results from the Hammerdown Gold Project (“Hammerdown” or the “Project”), in the Baie Verte Mining District of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. These latest drill results include the remaining holes from 2020 at the Orion Main Zone and Orion North target area as well as the initial results from the 2021 drill program (see Figure 1). The remaining assay results from the 2020 drill program at Hammerdown and Whisker Valley will be released in early April.
- 3.3 gpt Au and 1.5 gpt Ag over 6.3 metres (“m”), including 90.7 gpt Au and 29.1 gpt Ag over 0.2 m in drill hole BB-21-147
- 6.2 gpt Au over 1.1 m, including 27.8 gpt Au over 0.2 m in drill hole BB-20-142
Orion Main Zone
- Three high grade intervals in drill hole BB-20-145, including;
- 3.4 gpt Au over 9.0 m, including 17.1 gpt Au over 1.0 m at 60 m and;
- 7.8 gpt Au over 1.0 m, including 35.5 gpt Au over 0.2 m at 78.3 m and;
- 29.3 gpt Au over 0.2 m at 106.6 m
“Further drilling on a new discovery made in late 2020 between the Orion and Hammerdown deposits continues to return high grade gold mineralization over narrow widths close to surface. We believe this area of the Hammerdown deformation zone has tremendous potential for further discoveries and new zones of mineralization that could be added into our future mine plans. By extending the Orion North Zone, we are closing the gap between the Orion and Hammerdown deposits and expanding the footprint of the extensive gold mineralization system,” commented Garett Macdonald, President and CEO. “Diamond drilling is underway with two drill rigs testing the extensions of the Orion North Zone and the adjacent, highly conductive anomaly identified by the VTEM survey in late 2020,” continued Mr. Macdonald.
The Orion North Zone is located 300 m northeast of the Orion Main Zone. On January 7, 2021 Maritime announced the discovery of a new mineralized vein in drill hole BB-20-123 intersecting 22.7 gpt Au over 0.44 m including abundant visible gold at a vertical depth of 50 m. To date, eight additional drill holes have been completed around this discovery on 25 m step outs. Drill hole BB-21-147 intersected the zone approximately 50 m northeast of BB-20-123 returning a high grade interval of 90.7 gpt Au and 29.1 gpt Ag within a broader 6.3 m interval grading 3.3 gpt Au and 1.5 gpt Ag at a depth of 40 m below surface. Additional high grade mineralization was assayed 25 m to the southwest of hole BB-20-123 in BB-20-142 which returned 6.2 gpt Au over 1.1 m including 27.8 gpt Au over 0.2 m.
Historical drilling in the area was limited and the newly discovered mineralization remains open in all directions. Two styles of mineralization have been reported at Orion North described as narrow high grade distinct quartz sulphide veins similar to Hammerdown and broader highly altered, quartz flooded pyritic felsic/mafic schist with millimetre scale veinlets similar to the Orion Main Zone and Hammerdown’s Wisteria zone.
Orion Main Zone
At the Orion Main Zone drilling continues to intersect wide, low grade mineralization and distinct high grade veins. Drill hole BB-20-145 intersected several zones along section 553760E including 3.4 gpt Au over 9.0 m including 17.1 gpt Au over 1.0 m, plus 7.8 gpt Au over 1.0 m including 35.5 gpt Au over 0.2 m and a deeper interval grading 29.3 gpt Au over 0.2 m at 106 m below surface. Previous drilling in the main zone along section 553895E included 5.2 gpt Au over 13.0 m in drill hole BB-20-130, including 8.4 gpt Au over 3.9 m (See press release dated January 19, 2021). A new geological interpretation based on the most recent drilling has determined that the broader mineralized zones may be located in the hinge of a shallow open fold structure. This structure effectively prepped the stratigraphy generating extensive dilatational zones and bifurcations of the vein system. Further drilling will add additional information that could determine a plunge extension to the mineralized zones. Additional drilling is planned for the Orion Main zone as infill, as well as to test for a near surface westerly extension.
The recently completed airborne VTEM and follow-up ground EM surveys identified several conductive horizons immediately north of the Orion Main Zone and Orion North.
Table 1: Summary of Assay Results
|BB-21-146||no significant values|
Table 2: Drill Hole Location and Direction Details
All samples assayed and pertaining to this press release were completed by Eastern Analytical Limited (“EAL”) located at Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. EAL is an ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory for a defined scope of procedures. EAL has no relationship to Maritime. Samples are delivered in sealed plastic bags to EAL by Maritime field crews where they are dried, crushed, and pulped. Samples are crushed to approximately 80% passing a minus 10 mesh and split using a riffle splitter to approximately 250 grams. A ring mill is used to pulverize the sample split to 95% passing a minus 150 mesh. Sample rejects are securely stored at the EAL site for future reference. A 30-gram representative sample is selected for analysis from the 250 grams after which EAL applies a fire assay fusion followed by acid digestion and analysis by atomic absorption for gold analysis. Other metals were analyzed by applying an acid digestion and 34 element ICP analysis finish. EAL runs a comprehensive QA/QC program of standards, duplicates and blanks within each sample stream.
About Maritime Resources Corp.
Maritime holds a 100% interest, directly and subject to option agreements entitling it to earn 100% ownership, in the Green Bay Property, including the former Hammerdown gold mine and the Orion gold project plus the Whisker Valley exploration project, all located in the Baie Verte Mining District near the town of King’s Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Hammerdown Gold Project is characterized by near-vertical, narrow mesothermal quartz veins containing gold associated with pyrite. Hammerdown was last operated by Richmont Mines between 2000-2004.
On Behalf of the Board:
Garett Macdonald, MBA, P.Eng.
President and CEO
For further information, please contact:
Tania Barreto, CPIR
Head of Investor Relations
1900-110 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5C 1T4.
Exploration activities at the Hammerdown Gold Project and Whisker Valley are administered on site by the Company’s Exploration Manager, Larry Pilgrim, P.Geo and Technical Advisor Jeremy Niemi, P.Geo. In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Larry Pilgrim, P.Geo. Exploration Manager, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release.
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