Ian Dewar, president of the 290 Associates said that Waddell feared that if he sailed his ship into an American port or was captured by a Federal ship that he and his crew would be arrested and/or hanged as pirates.
Most of the crew of 26 were from England, Scotland and Wales.
The lowering of the Confederate flag constituted the last act of the war and led to the phrase "Last Flag Down."
Dozens of people from the United States made the trip to be here. Newlyweds David and Lunelle McAllister, from Tampa, Florida, were there. They made Liverpool their honeymoon destination to attend the event. Wearing Confederate uniforms, Gary Lee Hall, 64, and Byron Brady, 61, both from North Carolina were also in attendance.
After the surrender to the Royal Navy, the crew was set free and marched to Liverpool Town Hall in Confederate uniforms to surrender to the mayor.
There is no memorial in Liverpool yet existing to commemorate the event.