It chanced that some triremes were about
to sail, a military force having to be despatched in haste. Now there was not in
the dockyards equipment for the ships, but those from whom it was due, who had
in their possession such equipment, had failed to return it; and furthermore
there was not available for purchase in the Peiraeus either an adequate supply
of sail-cloth and tow and cordage, which serve for the equipment of a trireme.
Chaeridemus, therefore, proposed this decree, in order that the equipment for
the ships might be recovered and kept safe for the state.
Read the decree, please.“