The Athenians, who lay with eighteen ships at Sestos1
, knew from the beacons which their2
scouts kindled, and from the sudden blaze of many watch-fires which appeared in the enemy's country, that the Peloponnesians were on the point of sailing into the strait. That very night, getting close under the Chersonese, they moved towards Elaeus, in the hope of reaching the open sea before the enemy's ships arrived.
They passed unseen the sixteen Peloponnesian ships3
which were at Abydos, and had been told by4
their now approaching friends to keep a sharp look-out if the Athenians tried to get away. At dawn of day they sighted the fleet of Mindarus, which immediately gave chase; most of them escaped in the direction of' Imbros and Lemnos, but the four which were hindermost were caught off Elaeus.
One which ran ashore near the temple of Protesilaus the Peloponnesians took, together with the crew; two others without the crews; a fourth they burnt on the shore of Imbros; the crew escaped.