John Potter made the fake photo of the CSS Georgia as teenager after he made a short 8 mm movie about the ship and then decided to try his skill at special effects and made the photo. He used a 2-foot model of the ship and took a photo of it and then another one of his brother with a fishing pole, coat and straw hat at a marsh. He joined the two together and used dirt and glue to age the photo. Next, he put it in a gilded frame.
He then took a picture of it and claimed he had seen it at a garage sale and had taken a picture of it. He sent a picture of it to Savannah historical groups. Then, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to raise what remains of the Georgia, interest in the ship blossomed and, of course, there was the only known photo of it (as supplied by one John Potter).
He still has the gilded frame, but it now holds a picture of his deceased pug, Puggy Van Dug.
Very Sneaky, Johnny. --Old B-R'er