We are very sad to announce the death at the age of 87 of Eric Taplin, who passed away on Saturday 22 September. Eric was a wonderful teacher, and great scholar. He became the foremost historian of Liverpool Labour History, and especially of the Liverpool dockers and seafarers. His work on the Liverpool dockers’ union was pioneering at the time, and opened up the field for others who have followed him. His main publications included Liverpool Dockers and Seamen 1870-1890, (1974), The Dockers Union: A Study of the National Union of Dock Labourers 1889-1922, (1986), and Near to Revolution: The Liverpool General Transport Strike of 1911, (1994). He also published many articles in journals and collections right up to the present. He submitted the final corrections to his last article to the editors of the journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations only a few days before his death.