|This article is about Arthur's great-great-great uncle. You may be looking for the little boy.|
Jane Read (great-great-niece)
Arthur (great-great-great nephew)
D.W. (great-great-great niece)
Kate (great-great-great niece)
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He owned a golden compass that saved his life. It was passed on from generation to generation to Grandpa Dave, who passed it onto Arthur and D.W.
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.