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Mysterious C.S.S. Georgia Image Faked?

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on April 13, 2015 Blank The Corps of Engineers has been recovering the remains of the ironclad battery C.S.S. Georgia at Savannah over the last few months. It’s a big project, and one that hopes to answer a lot of questions about this vessel, that is relatively little-known. One particular focus of historical research, going on in parallel with the fieldwork, is trying to locate the original copy of an image of the vessel that was first reported thirty-some years ago. Although there are contemporary drawings of C.S.S. Georgia, the only known photograph of the ship is a photo-of-a-photo, supposedly snapped at a local garage sale. Now, it appears, it was all a teenage hoax that got out of hand: Blank

When he was a teenager in Savannah, [John] Potter, his brother Jeffrey and a friend shot a short 8mm movie about the CSS Georgia. They built a 2-foot model.

At some point, Potter decided to test whether he had the skills to become a Hollywood special effects artist.

Potter’s younger brother put on a coat and straw hat and went out to a marsh with a cane fishing pole and Potter took a photo. He took another photo of the model. He glued the boat’s image onto the photo of his brother, then used dirt and glue to “age” the photo.

Blank If you compare the purported historic image of the ship with what Potter says is a photo of the model he and his brother made, they do look very much alike: Blank GeorgiaHoax

GeorgiaHoax02 Blank Frustrating. __________ GeneralStarsGray


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  1. Leo said, on April 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I do believe it is a fake. This reminds me of the famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster that turned out to be a forgery.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Yes, the B&W images of the model, which became available after I wrote the initial post, pretty much remove all doubt.

  2. woodrowfan said, on April 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    but the pics of Bigfoot are still real, right???

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