|This article is about Arthur's great-great-great uncle. You may be looking for the little boy.|
Jane Read (great-grandniece)
|Cartoon debut||"The Big Dig" (mentioned)|
He owned a golden compass that saved his life. It was passed on from generation to generation to Grandpa Dave. After Arthur and D.W. got mad at Dave for making up a story about Blacktooth's treasure, Dave passed the compass on to them to appease them.
He was a sailor who traveled around the world. In the year 1888, a huge storm sunk his boat. Seven men had to survive in a life boat with little food, a checkerboard and a compass. Matthew had an interest in checkers, and he and his shipmates played it in order to pass the time.
There was indeed a major blizzard in 1888 which claimed the lives of many sailors. Of course, Grandpa Dave may still have made up some details.