The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain's first seaside pier is being marked this month.
Ryde pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering.
It was the original seaside pier and paved the way for dozens of others up and down Britain.
Along with fish and chips and rock, piers became a staple of British seaside life and a magnet for holidaymakers before the boom in international travel.
But as the years passed and with the rise of cheaper foreign flights and the decline in some resorts, many piers have been lost forever.
Like many piers, some locals concede that the best years for Ryde pier - owned by ferry company Wightlink - were in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Today the pier is seen as one of the main gateways to the Isle of Wight, with trains leaving the pier-head and ferries shuttling passengers to and from Portsmouth from it.
"This morning, Wightlink experienced a problem with the retractable gangway which is used to attach to the linkspan at the Ryde Pier Head main berth. The gangway was not in use at the time and access was not possible.
"No one was hurt and because the gangway is remotely operated, at no time was anyone in any danger. We have now completed our initial investigations and can confirm that engineers are on site and divers have recovered a small section of the retractable gangway which became disconnected.
"For now we are using a different berth for the Wight Ryders and there are no delays on our Ryde Pier Head to Portsmouth Harbour route. Regrettably, there is currently no access for disabled passengers or persons with reduced mobility. We ask that they make their way directly to Fishbourne."
Ferry services between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight have been disrupted after part of the gangway at Ryde Pier collapsed into the sea.
It happened at around 8am this morning (8/5).
No-one was injured but operator Wightlink said the main berth was now out of use and has apologised to passengers.
An investigation into the cause is under way.