Deborah A. Simmons of East Hartford, CT, built the 20 foot Standard Tolman Skiff called MENDE LIBERTE. Inspired by a gift of iroko wood used in the construction of the famous Amistad Schooner, Deborah decided to incorporate images and symbolism in the construction of this skiff to pay homage to the African Mende, Singbe Pieh, who lead the slave revolt. The hull is constructed out of Marine fir plywood covered by fiberglass and epoxy. Sliding hatch, doorway and the wood railing at the bow represent Mende Kente cloth patterns and African cosmograms or ground drawings. Deborah constructed the skiff in a garage off the side of a furniture factory in Glastonbury, CT overlooking the Connecticut River. Her desire is to explore the beauty of the river and CRT coastline.Deborah is finishing up the seats for September launch. Construction: April 2015-June 2016.