U.S. Supreme Court
Pollard v. Vinton, 105 U.S. 7 (1881)
Pollard v. Vinton
105 U.S. 7
1. The legal character and effect of a bill of lading stated in reference to its negotiable quality.
2. Neither the master of a steamboat nor its shipping agents at points on the rivers of the interior where cargo is received and delivered can, by giving a bill of lading for goods not received for shipment, bind the vessel or its owner, and such bill is void even in the hands of a transferee in good faith and for value.
3. Schooner Freeman v. Buckingham, 18 How. 182, cited and approved.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.