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Stirling Zinc, Lead, Copper, Silver Mine -Cape Breton

This is Nova Scotia’s only example of a “volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit" – a mineral deposit formed by underwater volcanoes in an ancient sea.

Discovery: Copper discovered here in the 1890’s, discoverer unknown
Years of Production: 1927-1931, 1949-1956
Total Gold Production (troy oz.): 16681
Photograph of mine structures built or under construction.

Construction of the Stirling Zinc Mine, Stirling, 1929. J. P. Messervey.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: Stirling1929b.jpg

Photograph of the shaft house and other surface buildings.

Stirling Zinc Mine plant, Stirling, 1929. J. P. Messervey.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: Stirling1929c.jpg

Photograph of buildings under construction and large piles of dirt.

Construction of the Stirling Zinc Mine, Stirling, 1929. J. P. Messervey.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: Stirling1929f.jpg

Photograph of a hole in side of a cut.

The "Glory Hole" (i.e. opening on the original discovery zone) at the Stirling Zinc Mine, 1929. J. P. Messervey.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: StirlingGloryHole.jpg