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About Us

Liverpool Water Witch is an industry-leader with over 40 years experience in delivering Pollution Control and Waterway Maintenance solutions to Port, Harbour and Irrigation Authorities world-wide.

We employ exacting standards in our design and manufacture, many vessels have been built to Lloyds Register of Shipping Classification or to customer's local standards.


Our original pollution control workboat was invented by Francis Caddick, a barge operator specialising in the transport of solid waste. Francis developed the Water Witch in the early 1960s to solve the dangerous problem of floating debris in the Port of Liverpool.

The unique design was an immediate success - now there are Water Witch workboats providing a reliable service world-wide including, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Kuwait, USA, South Africa and throughout Europe.

The past 40 years has seen the original design continually developed by Liverpool Water Witch. Today, it remains a family business under the guidance of his son Joe Caddick, Managing Director.


Our 20,000 sq ft, fully equipped yard is located on the historic Leeds Liverpool Canal, about a mile from the city centre.

The canal, with 141 miles of waterway, is the longest in Britain. Built to link the major seaport of Liverpool (and the colonial markets in Africa and America) to the mills in Yorkshire, it still forms a navigable route between the Irish Sea and the North Sea.

The City of Liverpool's historic waterfront has just been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO, under the banner 'Maritime Mercantile City'.

The rich legacy of Liverpool's port is regarded as the ultimate symbol of Britain's global influence from the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Water Witch is immensely proud to be a long-established, successful, globally-trading boat builder based in the great Maritime City of Liverpool - European City of Culture for 2008.