Monument to Captain Ellerbrock and Boss.

Boss, Captain Ellerbrock's Dog

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Wilmington, North Carolina

Died 1880

Pet Cemetery.

William A. Ellerbrock was a young riverboat captain who burned to death fighting a fire on the waterfront in April, 1880. His dog, Boss, tried to save him, but both man and animal perished. The dog was buried in the casket with the Captain, and the monument erected over their graves by grateful firefighter and community organizations can still be visited. The back side of the pillar base shows Boss lying on top, protecting his master for eternity.

"Faithful unto death."

Also see: Noble Dogs | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Boss, Captain Ellerbrock's Dog

Oakdale Cemetery

520 N. 15th St., Wilmington, NC
In Oakdale Cemetery. Section J.
Gates open daily 8-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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