The Woolston floating bridge ferry was the third chain ferry built in England ran from 1836 until 1977, the date of the opening of the Itchen Bridge. It took passengers and vehicles day and night across the River Itchen between Southampton and Woolston in southern England. The ferries were powered by various types of internal combustion engines. Chains and ropes were part of the original design — each rope weighed two tons and had to be replaced every nine months. Metal cables replaced the ropes and chains in the 1880s.