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Anthony HAY-BUCHANAN

Profile Updated: May 28, 2016
Residing In:
Saldanha, Western Cape South Africa
Occupation:
commercial diving instructor
Children:
Fleur Elaine
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I had a jol. I wanted to be a marine biologist, so I took biological sciences I & II, geology & chemistry at UND.
I then applied to Sea Fisheries, Irvin & Johnson & the Oceanographic Research Institute
They informed me they would love to have me, & that I would earn R120 p/m (with my honours degree) rising to R180 p/m after 5 years (if I got my Masters). As I was getting up to R100 p/day as a freelance commercial diver, & because what they were teaching me was not what I wanted to learn, I switched to Law. I discovered I did not want to work in an office.I did not want to wear a tie. Or a jacket. Or shoes.
So I discontinued my formal studies & turned commercial in 1968.
I did however enjoy 3 years with the University of Natal Underwater Club, being awarded a Half Blue for Spearfishing & being selected for the S.A. Universities Underwater Hockey Team to compete against the State President's Team at the 1969 SA Games.
I represented Natal at both Spearfishing & Underwater Hockey from 1968 - 1978, & was a provincial selector for both sports. Highlights were winning the SA Spearfishing Champs for the first time outside our home waters, (Kariba Dam 1976), & winning the SA U/W Hockey Champs for the first time ever. (also 1976).
My first commercial contract was a varsity holiday job at Kariba Dam. I was supposed to be a temporary diver until a permanent arrived. I was supposed to be there for a week, but I stayed for 3 months. This meant I missed the start of the new academic year. This was when my dad discovered I had dropped out. he was not amused. but I had made R1100 p/m while I was away, so he accepted I would not graduate.
,I also became a harbour rat, repairing moorings at the yacht clubs, sealing leaks in fishing boats & ships, changing props, welding on anodes, burning off torn bilge keels, & cleaning ships underwater by driving a hydraulic brush machine along the hull.
I was very lucky with my timing, as there was a lot of work on the Durban Sewage pipelines, deep work which paid very well.

Basically, I've spent my life as an underwater labourer.

School Story:

Mr Teddar taught maths.He was a very tall, slim, dignified gentleman whose hair turned white virtually overnight when he was in his twenties.He knew his subject well & could explain things pretty understandably.He was a good teacher, but he had two ..He was deaf, which opened him up to abuse; & he used string as a training aid, which opened him up to ridicule.
Boys are bad.We heard that some classes would silently mouth 'good morning,sir' to him. when he adjusted the volume of his hearing aid they would scream GOOD MORNING, SIR, & shatter his eardrums.
We, as 4A, were not that bad.But he did have to put up with a continuous vocalising of "string" at random times throughout his lessons.Yes, you, Lynton.
4A was in the boarder's quad at the back of the school.Teddar strode into class & Peter Rorvick happened to be in the classroom.Whether this was spontaneous or planned I have no idea, but Peter joined the class & sat down.When Teddar questioned his presence,Peter claimed to be a new boy, sir. from Rhodesia ,sir.First day, sir.They told me to come here.sir.Teddar was openly suspicious.Peter asked confused & cryptic questions, & was right in the eyes.At the end of the lesson Teddar strode out, obviously to investigate the matter.Through the open door I could see him approach Mr Piper who was 1 classroom away & walking fast towards our class.He didn't speak to Piper, just turned & accompanied him towards us.I jumped up, left the classroom & closed the door.I was left facing them, holding the door closed,just staring blankly at them for about 5 seconds before I opened it & walked in before them.Peter was gone.He had dived head first out of the window .Teddar was lost.He knew it was impossible. so he just walked away. We heard that for some time he would grab some poor student at random & accuse him of being 'the one'.I wish I could remember the name Peter used.
Mr Teddar went to Kearsney, where I have no doubt boys were just as thoughtless.He shot himself in the school toilets.
This is the way I remember it.I would love to hear other versions.

Which teacher made the greatest impact on you in your time at DHS, and why do you say this?

Robin Standing

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

y.

What are some of your favourite inspirational verses or quotes?

Even a fool is entitled to his opinion.- My mother
Blessed is the man who expecteth nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.- My Mother.

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May 29, 2016 at 2:11 AM
typical of what we removed.There have been lots of piers, pipes, bathing enclosures & such over the years, & they all leave their traces.As steel & wood structures usually covered by sand but sometimes exposed. These & the wrecks were a constant nuisance to the Council, but a pleasure to us.
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May 29, 2016 at 2:02 AM
Sometimes we blasted.On Durban beaches. with flags & sirens & divers & red tape barriers. There were crowds & crowds but they were kept away.They loved it. We all loved it. A good bit of bang always goes down well.1975.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:52 AM
A thermic lance will cut through almost anything It's like a mini volcano.cuts through steel & concrete.We made our own.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:46 AM
we had the contract to remove any obstacles that endangered bathers on Durban's beaches.When the lifesavers reported a hazard we would remove it. Mostly by burning.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:35 AM
The harbour tug T.S.Eriksen was cut by the prop of the Angola & sank in minutes.I was given the last day of the year off school to search the vessel to confirm that the 3 missing seamen were not trapped inside it. 1965.
This photo shows me - a speck in the middle about to dive.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:30 AM
Swimming to work 230' below.
Our triple 10 litre sets weighed 94lbs.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:26 AM
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May 29, 2016 at 1:16 AM
Durban Sewage Pipelines.We dived on SCUBA to 234'. 5 or 6 divers died on these two pipes.As a result, South Africa was the first Government to demand & award Government tickets for Commercial Diving. My ticket is 2005, the prefix 2 indicating Diver, 3 Supervisor, $ Instructor.
So I am officially 005.
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May 29, 2016 at 1:12 AM
Harbour Rat.1979
Ship scrapes & U/w video surveys, the first in SA
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May 29, 2016 at 1:05 AM
operating an underwater drilling rig.1978
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May 29, 2016 at 1:02 AM
going to work with a submarine
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May 29, 2016 at 12:55 AM
going to work in a diving bell. 430' down
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May 29, 2016 at 12:50 AM
going to work in a diving bell
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May 29, 2016 at 12:41 AM
Going to work in a basket.130' down
North Sea oil 1977
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May 28, 2016 at 11:53 PM
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May 28, 2016 at 11:48 PM
SA Champs Kariba 1976.
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Posted: May 29, 2016 at 1:41 AM
The harbour tug T.S.Eriksen was cut by the prop of the Angola & sank in minutes.I was given the last day of the year off school to search the vessel to confirm that the 3 missing seamen were not trapped inside it. 1965.
This photo shows me - a speck in the middle about to dive.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:44 PM
1968 Natal Spearfishing Team.
Note my long hair.At the Champs a bunch of the heavies, the Springboks & established provincials grabbed me & shaved my head to show me they did not approve of 'hippies'
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:31 PM
University of Natal U/W Club T shirt.
Rhodesian Record Tigers , both over 16 lb.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:29 PM
48 lb Vundu.
Shot below the dam wall, Kariba.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:04 PM
My Landie, 1957 1250cc side valve.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:27 PM
66 lb Salmon.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:26 PM
SA Record Epinephalis Tauvina.
137 lbs.shot an Aliwal Shoals.
This is not a Brindle Bass. It is a Black Sea Bass. They eat people.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:37 PM
SA Record Wahoo. 40 lbs.
I held the record for 20 hours.
Chris van Niekerk broke it the next day with a 44 pounder
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:08 PM
I was a founder member of the Umkomaas Ski boat Club.
Posted: May 28, 2016 at 11:47 PM
Natal U/W Hockey 1968?


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