The history of the "Maria" is told in a book by Jobst Broelmann und Timm Weski (more details on the right-hand side). It began in 1880 in an era marked by great sailing fishing vessels and extended to the post-war era. The record of this unusually long time at sea and the recollection of episodes of life on the "Maria" result in a vivid presentation of deep-sea fishing out of Finkenwerder. The events on board the "Maria" (two fatal accidents, damage and collisions) compared to accident statistics and casualty lists extracted from carefully studied original sources yield a representative picture of the dangerous work of fishermen and their conditions of living.
The ship itself reveals numerous traces of the different phases in the history of technology in marine navigation. Originally built according with the features of a traditional wooden vessel and rigged as a sailing ship, the "Maria" bowed to the changing times and their effect on the fishing trade due to industrialization. She was converted to otter board fishing and equipped with an engine. Both written sources and findings of preserved ships prove that this period was by no means characterized by traditional persistence or backwardness. Sources have revealed that the difficult economic situation forced fishermen to constant change and adaptation of their fishing equipment to new technical developments.