In the forward hatch there is a figure of a hunter wearing ceremonial headgear made like the head of a seal. In the middle hatch the hunter figure is wearing a visor with an open top which is made like the head of a bird. It is possible that it symbolizes the head of a puffin. At the present time there are no visors like this in any museum collections.
“ At various times the Americans paint their faces, most likely when they have to make a big crossing, but the most important and long-standing superstition they have is that of not eating anything or eating very little before a departure because they are convinced that a hungry person is stronger, paddles more easily, and can endure his work longer” (Davydov 1812: 62—63).