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103. For the rest of that day they blockaded Elaeus with the ships from Abydos which had now1 joined them; the united fleet numbering eighty-six; but as the town would not yield they sailed away to Abydos. [2] The Athenians, whose scouts had failed them, and who had never imagined that the enemy's fleet could pass them undetected, were quietly besieging Eresus; but on finding out their mistake they instantly set sail and followed the enemy to the Hellespont. [3] They fell in with and took two Peloponnesian ships, which during the pursuit had ventured too far into the open sea. On the following day they came to Elaeus, where they remained at anchor, and the ships which had taken refuge at Imbros joined them; the next five days were spent in making preparations for the impending engagement.

1 and rejoins the rest of the Athenian fleet, which, on finding that the Peloponnesians had gone northward, had immediately pursued them.

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