Gran Almirante de Peru
La República del Perú
al Caballero de los Mares
Inaugurado por el Presidente del Consejo de Ministros Salomón Lerner Ghitis
y el Embajador del Perú en los Estados Unidos de América
Harold Forsyth Mejía
siendo Presidente Constitucional de la República
Ollanta Humala Tasso
Washington DC, 24 de octubre de 2011
“Gran Almirante del Perú” is a posthumous title given to Admiral Grau by the Peruvian Congress in 1967.
Miguel María Grau Seminario (27 July 1834 – 8 October 1879) is the most renowned Peruvian naval officer and hero of the Naval Battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). He was known as el Caballero de los Mares (Spanish for “Gentleman of the Seas”) for his kind and chivalrous treatment of defeated enemies and is esteemed by both Peruvians and Chileans. He is an iconic figure for the Peruvian Navy, and one of the most famous merchant marine and naval military leaders of the Americas.
Admiral Grau was blown to bits by an exploding shell on October 8, 1879 at the Battle of Angamos.
One popular image of Admiral Grau is on the 5,000 intis note. (See Numista)