Also published as The Ryans And The Pittmans in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.53, 1940; Third edition, p.51, 1955).
And published on pp.14-15 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co. Ltd., of St. John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S. Doyle Song Book from which the words were obtained. Also printed in 1912 by James Murphy [1867-1931] in Old Songs of Newfoundland.
A variant was recorded as Newfoundlanders Lament by Dick Nolan on two early albums (Be True Newfoundlanders, c.1968, and Newfie Hits, c.1968).
From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English: Settle - long, home-made wooden bench with arms and high back; unupholstered couch; stretcher. Standing Room - compartment between the thwarts of an undecked fishing boat. Sunker - submerged rock over which the sea breaks; familiar form of sunken rock; breaker; grounder.
From the TerraX Glossary of Boating Terms: Boom - pole securing the bottom of a sail, allowing more control of the sail's position. Reef - to partially lower a sail so that it is not as large. This helps prevent too much sail from being in use when the wind gets stronger.